European Law in the Past & the Future: Unity and Diversity over Two Millennia
As Europe moves towards economic and political unification, many wonder why legal unification makes so little headway.
In this concise but wide-ranging book, R. C. van Caenegem considers the historical reasons behind this legal diversity. He stresses the importance of the adoption on the Continent - but not in England - of the classical law of the Romans, and shows how the rise of the nation states led to a multitude of national codes of law. The impact of politics on legal development is another key factor, and as a graphic example van Caenegem provides a detailed account of how the German past was extolled in Nazi Germany.
The book concludes with a consideration of the ongoing debate on the desirability - indeed, on the possibility - of European legal unification and of a federal constitution for a united Europe.
- Truly transnational approach, based on familiarity both with the common law and the civil law
- Connects the past with the future, i.e. has a look at European law in the twenty-first century on the strength of 'lessons from the past'
- Sees legal developments not only as elements of cultural history, but shows their intimate connection with power politics
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Author(s)||Van Caenegem, RC|