• Publication Date: February 12, 2010
  • EAN: 9781862877566
  • 336 pages; 6" x 8⅝"
Filed Under: Civil Law; Comparative

Fundamentals of European Civil Law


Product Description

This book outlines the fundamentals of European civil law for readers more familiar with common law jurisdictions such as Australia, New Zealand, the UK and the US.

This fully revised and updated second edition retains the successful structure of the first. The four chapters in Part A provide the general framework, covering the concept and method of comparative law, historical foundations, the concept of a civil code and codification, and the role of legislature and the judiciary. More specific and practical material is provided in Part B, with chapters on the law of contract, the law of tort, labour law, commercial law and court procedure. Part C looks to the future, examining differences between civil law and common law and the impact of the European Union.

The focus throughout is on private law, particularly the civil laws of France and Germany, except where European Community law has made inroads into the (private) civil law. Each chapter thus incorporates the relevant materials on European Community law.

Part A: Historical Overview and Conceptual Framework



Codes and Codification

Life Beyond the Code

Part B: Substantive Law

The Law of Contract

The Law of Tort

Labour Law

Commercial Law

Court Procedure

Part C: Perspectives on the Future

Theories of Convergence and Divergence

Documentation Index

This book is a concise and lucid introduction to civil law systems of Europe. … This work is a valuable contribution to the field of comparative law. Recent advances in global interconnectedness mean we can no longer be provincial in our outlook. This book should be read by those wanting a general introduction to the civil law systems of Europe, and anyone wishing to expand their horizons of knowledge. – Bill Swannie, InPrint (LIJ), March 2011

Reviews of previous edition:

The author has written from the perspective of a common lawyer trying to understand Europe and its civil law. He has training, academic and teaching experience in both systems. The chapters summarising substantive civil law are set out under their familiar common law classifications…

…there is enough [exposition of each major area of civil law] to enable you to see how the area works, what the major principles do, and how they apply in practice. … [Buy] this book if you are a law student studying a comparative law course, a practitioner dealing with a European country, or just a lawyer trying to get a handle on the other major western legal system. – Law Institute Journal (Vic), November 1997

"This is a compendious and easily read book. Its size is deceptive relative to its content. It is very tightly presented and provides a good introductory text for a number of purposes. It discusses the central topics of comparative law and provides a basic introduction to the courts, profession, the codes and the methods of interpretation of the main systems of continental Europe. In addition, it provides a basic introduction to the law of contract, the law of tort, labour law, and commercial and company law in the French and German legal systems, as well as within the context of the European Union. – Victoria University of Wellington Law Review, July 1997

[T]he book is valuable for more than one reason. Firstly, it deals with a subject which is unfamiliar to lawyers trained in the common law and it is instructive to see how the civil law and the common law find different answers to the same problems. Secondly, the book provides guidance for practitioners who have clients who are entering into dealings with parties domiciled in the areas governed by the civil law and European Community Law. – Law Letter (Law Society of Tasmania), December 1997

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