European law in the past and the future: unity and diversity over two millennia

European law in the past and the future: unity and diversity over two millennia

European law in the past and the future: unity and diversity over two millennia

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Edition Details

  • Creator or Attribution (Responsibility): R. C. van Caenegem
  • Language: English
  • Jurisdiction(s): England
  • Publication Information: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2002
  • Publication Type (Medium): Electronic books
  • Material: Document, Internet resource
  • Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
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Additional Format

Print version: Caenegem, R.C. van. European law in the past and the future. Cambridge ; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2002 (DLC) 2001035697 (OCoLC)46937750

Short Description

1 online resource (VIII, 175 pages)

Purpose and Intended Audience

Useful for students learning an area of law, European law in the past and the future: unity and diversity over two millennia is also useful for lawyers seeking to apply the law to issues arising in practice.

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Bibliographic information

  • Responsable Person: R.C. van Caenegem.
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Country/State: England
  • Number of Editions: 36 editions
  • First edition Date: 2001
  • Last edition Date: 2010
  • Languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Chinese
  • Library of Congress Code: KJC406
  • Dewey Code: 340.5094
  • ISBN: 0511016328 9780511016325 0511029551 9780511029554 0511155689 9780511155680 051117537X 9780511175374 9780521809382 052180938X 9780511044854 0511044852 9780511495083 0511495080 1280419407 9781280419409
  • OCLC: 51209234

Publisher Description:

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.

Main Contents

Preliminaries; Contents; Preface; 1 The national codes: A transient phase; 2 Ius commune: The first unification of European law; 3 Common law and civil law: Neighbours yet strangers; 4 The holy books of the law; 5 Why did the ius commune conquer Europe?; 6 Law is politics; Epilogue: A look into the twenty-first century; Bibliography; Index.

Table of Contents

1. The National Codes: a transient phase
2. Ius commune: the first unification of European law
3. Common law and civil law: neighbours yet strangers
4. The Holy Books of the Law
5. Why did the Ius Commune conquer Europe? 6. Law is politics
Epilogue: a look into the twenty-first century.

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