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Ius Commune Europaeum

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The ‘Ius Commune Europaeum’ series focuses on the common foundations of the legal systems of the Member States of the European Union. It includes horizontal comparative legal studies as well as studies on the effect of EU law, treaties and international regulation within the national legal systems. All substantive fields of law are covered.

The series is published under the auspices of METRO, the Institute for Transnational Legal Research at the Maastricht University.

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Editorial Board
Prof. Dr. J. Smits (chair - Tilburg University, the Netherlands)
Prof. Dr. M. Faure (Maastricht University and Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands)
Prof. Dr. E. Vos (Maastricht University, the Netherlands).

Available volumes

  1. Cross-Border Debt Recovery in the EU

    Publication date: November 28, 2017<
    Cross-Border Debt Recovery in the EU
    534 pp. | paperback

    This book evaluates the application of the first autonomous European civil procedures: the European Order for Payment and the European Small Claims Procedure.
  2. Waves in Contract and Liability Law in Three Decades of Ius Commune
    210 pp. | paperback

    This book revolves around major legal developments in the fields of European contract law and tort law from 1981 to today and examines whether similarities or divergences can be observed.
  3. Revisiting Procedural Human Rights
    337 pp. | paperback

    Based on the wish to reopen an international comparative discussion on fundamental notions of civil procedure, this book offers a number of insights into procedural human rights from different jurisdictions and different points of view.
  4. Letter of Intent in International Contracting
    428 pp. | paperback

    Letter of Intent in International Contracting provides readers with a unique point of reference on the legal effects of letter of intent – the document frequently used in international transactions
  5. Quality and Speed in Administrative Decision-making: Tension or Balance?
    184 pp. | paperback

    Quality and Speed in Administrative Decision-Making: Tension or Balance? presents six national perspectives on the issues surrounding legislation brought in to deal with the consequences of the economic crisis. It also includes a comparative overview comparing and contrasting national approaches with regards to finding a balance between the pace of proceedings and the quality of administrative and judicial decisions
  6. Convergence in European Consumer Sales Law
    402 pp. | paperback

    Aiming to fill a gap in existing literature, this book contains an empirical study of the converging effects of the harmonisation policies used by the European lawmaker in consumer sales law.
  7. Legal Certainty in Real Estate Transactions
    134 pp. | paperback

    This comparative research was triggered by the assessment of property registration law published in the World Bank Doing Business reports (DB). The international and interdisciplinary team aimed to assess how legal certainty was imagined and put in practice in French and English law, using commercial real estate as a case study.
  8. The French Contract Law Reform: a Source of Inspiration?
    231 pp. | paperback

    This book results from the Contract Law Workshop of the 20th Ius Commune Conference held 26-27 November 2015. The theme of this Workshop was: ‘The French Contract Law Reform: a Source of Inspiration?’ Since the conference in November 2015, all authors have incorporated comments on the final version of the ordonnance.
  9. The European Union and National Civil Procedure
    176 pp. | paperback

    This book discusses the impact of EU law on selected national legal systems. The authors analyse how the civil procedure system of their country has reacted to increasing Europeanisation and influence of EU law.
  10. Different Paths Towards Sustainable Biofuels?
    422 pp. | paperback

    Biofuels are promoted as a type of renewable energy from biomass that replaces fossil fuels in transportation, in an attempt to achieve the three-fold objectives of energy security, rural development, and GHG emission reductions.
  11. Regulation of Cross-Border Establishment in China and the EU
    302 pp. | paperback

    This book examines the regulation of the inter-provincial establishment of companies in China and the EU regulation of the cross-border establishment of companies from the perspective of comparative law and economics.
  12. Optional Instruments of the European Union
    284 pp. | paperback

    This rise of a particular kind of European Union legislation known as the ‘optional instrument’ is a novel trend in the context of EU law, and one that until now has not been comprehensively mapped or explored. This study examines and discusses existing and proposed EU Optional Instruments (OIs) in different fields of European law, including company law, intellectual property law and procedural law (such as the European Company, the Community ...
  13. The Development of European Private Law in a Multilevel Legal Order
    660 pp. | paperback

    Using insights from multilevel governance and pluralism, this book provides an in-depth analysis of the development of European private law in the Dutch and German legal order. It focuses on the question whether the coexistence of national and European state and non-state actors is detrimental or beneficial for the predictability, consistency, accessibility and responsiveness of European private law.
  14. Scarcity and the State
    356 pp. | paperback

    Managing scarcity to serve the public interest is a classic government task. An important way to execute this task is by allocating individual rights that are only available in limited quantities, such as CO2 emission allowances, gambling licences, subsidies, radio frequencies, public contracts and parking permits.
  15. The Citizen in European Private Law
    198 pp. | paperback

    In numerous fields of law, ranging from family law to company law, private actors increasingly set their own rules, revert to private enforcement of those rules and choose the applicable law.
  16. Property Law Perspectives IV
    120 pp. | paperback

    Property Law Perspectives IV shows that attention is still being paid to the roots of property law.
  17. Information and Notification Duties
    186 pp. | paperback

    Technological and economical developments require contracting parties to be informed and advised. This book analyses several aspects of these information and notification duties.
  18. A European Legal Framework for Nuclear Liability
    250 pp. | paperback

    The book presents a proposal for a harmonised European liability regime and discusses possibilities to enhance the feasibility of such a reform. It calls for a stronger involvement of the public in the nuclear sector and emphasises the intrinsic link between effective safety regulation and liability and compensation mechanisms.
  19. The Application of the Theory of Efficient Breach in Contract Law
    350 pp. | paperback

    This book analyses the theory of efficient breach in English sales law, European Union contract law and Chinese contract law. It analyses the framework of the efficient breach theory and reconsiders the implications of this theory.
  20. The effect of D&O insurance on managerial risk taking
    252 pp. | paperback

    Risk taking in business contributes towards innovation while excessive risk taking is associated with corporate failure. This book illustrates how insurance against personal liability of the manager threatens – but also benefits – society and the economy
  21. Evidence in Contemporary Civil Procedure
    364 pp. | paperback

    Many contemporary jurisdictions have been revisiting the fundamental principles of their civil procedures, including the way in which evidence is introduced, collected and presented in court.
  22. Common Core, PECL and DCFR: could they change shipping and transport law?
    208 pp. | paperback

    The international character of shipping and transport has always been a great incubator for harmonisation of law. Recently, there has been increasing interest within the EU in harmonisation of general private law, with different harmonisation instruments such as common core, PECL and DCFR coming into existence. In this book the possible impact of these private law harmonisation instruments on shipping and transport law is assessed.
  23. The Nature of Mutual Recognition in European Law
    402 pp. | paperback

    The book contains a comparative analysis of mutual recognition in the internal market and the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice. It assesses mutual recognition in the context of the aims of both areas, the principles of European law and norms laid down in primary and secondary EU law.
  24. Europe at the Edge of Pluralism
    210 pp. | paperback

    This volume tackles contemporary problems of legal accommodation of diversity in Europe and recent developments in the area in diverse European legal regimes. Despite professing the motto ‘Unity in Diversity’ Europe appears to be struggling with discord rather than unity. Legal discussions reflect a crisis when it comes to matters of migration, accommodation of minorities and dealing with the growing heterogeneity of European societies.
  25. Who does What? On the Allocation of Regulatory Competences in European Private Law
    316 pp. | paperback

    There is an increasing debate on the way in which the EU has developed and what it must look like in the future. This debate includes a discussion on one of the core aspects of European integration: at which level should the rules be set and who decides where the authority to do so should lie? Private law has an important role to play in this discussion. Many private law rules touch on the core of the internal market as they serve to foster tr...
  26. Cooperative Agreements between Public Authorities
    254 pp. | paperback

    One of the main objectives of this research is to examine this influence and more specifically the influence of EU law on cooperation between public authorities.
  27. Property Law Perspectives III
    238 pp. | paperback

    This book offers an interesting selection of recent developments in the broad field of property law, including contributions on constitutional property law, national private property law and European and comparative property law.
  28. Multi-Party Redress Mechanisms in Europe: Squeaking Mice?
    262 pp. | paperback

    The story of collective redress in the European Union up to the present day may be qualified as a story of missed opportunities and small steps forward. The editors of the present volume hope that the future of collective redress in Europe will be brighter than the past. They hope that the volume will further the discussion on collective redress in Europe by providing the most up-to-date information in the field, and that this will lead to the...
  29. State Aid and Public Procurement in the European Union
    153 pp. | paperback

    This book aims to provide stakeholders – students, but also academics, practitioners, civil servants, and consumers - with a better knowledge of the EU rules on public procurement and State aid. By treating these two legal fields in one volume, the book also intends to draw attention to the largely unexplored links and interfaces between public procurement and State aid rules.
  30. Legal Aid in the Low Countries
    375 pp. | paperback

    Legal Aid in the Low Countries deals with the system of legal aid in Belgium and the Netherlands. Central questions in the book are whether the conditions for a sound legal aid system are met, especially in the fields of law that mainly concern the ‘have nots’; the main ethical considerations that legal aid providers have to take into account; and the alternatives for legal aid and complementary solutions to enhance access to justice.
  31. Tradition, Codification and Unification
    256 pp. | paperback

    200 years ago many civil law jurisdictions adhered to exclusive national codifications of private law, and abandoned the old Ius Commune. In our contemporary days the shades of national law slowly melt away, and we imagine a future where new common laws will continue to take shape.
  32. Nobody's Perfect

    Publication date: May 5, 2014<
    Nobody's Perfect
    376 pp. | paperback

    Public confidence in the justice system depends on the belief that decisions made in the judicial processes are reasonably correct and accurate. This book focuses on the systems of appellate control of court judgments. The editors explore the relationship between the different approaches to appeals in national civil justice systems and their impact on the overall efficiency and effectiveness of the legal protection of individual rights.
  33. Legal Evolution and Hybridisation

    Publication date: April 24, 2014<
    Legal Evolution and Hybridisation
    247 pp. | paperback

    This is a book on comparative law and legal change. With a focus on corporate law and the law of personal property, it reviews the current state of the comparative debate on the evolution of law and seeks to establish new perspectives to explain the mechanism of legal reception.
  34. The Role of EU State Aid Law in Promoting a Pro-innovation Policy
    167 pp. | paperback

    State funding constitutes an important tool to promote innovation by creating links between industry, universities and R&D institutions. In this context, the development of a legal framework that promotes an efficient use of State aid in R&D cooperation represents an important challenge for the EU.
  35. Coordinating Ombudsmen and the Judiciary
    410 pp. | paperback

    Although the protection of individuals’ interests against administrative actions is still primarily the domain of the judiciary, most legal systems nowadays also assign this task to ombudsmen. This can potentially lead to conflicts between the two institutions and can affect their relations, and therefore needs coordination.
  36. The Position of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in European Contract Law
    162 pp. | paperback

    Differences in contract law and the additional transaction costs and complexity they generate in cross-border transactions dissuade a considerable number SMEs from expanding into markets of other Member States. These differences are also said to limit competition in the internal market.
  37. Inside Police Custody
    575 pp. | paperback

    This empirical study focuses on three procedural rights – the right to interpretation and translation, the right to information and the letter of rights, and the right to legal assistance before and during police interrogation – in four EU jurisdictions – France, Scotland, the Netherlands and England and Wales.
  38. Inside Police Custody
    59 pp. | paperback

    This Training Framework is based on the empirical study of the procedural rights of suspects in England and Wales, France, the Netherlands and Scotland. Its objective is to enhance the knowledge, understanding and skills of criminal justice practitioners – police officers and defence lawyers – in respect of the procedural rights of suspects in police detention.
  39. The Treaty on European Union 1993-2013
    642 pp. | paperback

    This book commemorates the entry in force of the Treaty on European Union 20 years ago by evaluating the legal impact it has had on the European Union’s institutional framework and its policies. It includes contributions on a wide variety of topics, including Economic and Monetary Union, Union citizenship, fundamental rights, foreign affairs and defence policy, educational policy and environmental policy.
  40. Property Law Perspectives II
    366 pp. | paperback

    This book offers new perspectives on property theory, constitutional property law, and private law-property law. Under these headings, young and renowned property law scholars present their current research and offer an exciting look into the challenges property law faces in the 21st century.
  41. The Effects of Judicial Decisions in Time
    286 pp. | paperback

    Constitutional review is a hot topic in contemporary constitutional debate and design. However, the legal force of judicial decisions, and in particular their effect in time, is an under-studied issue in the literature.
  42. Parliamentary Immunity

    Publication date: September 27, 2013<
    Parliamentary Immunity
    306 pp. | paperback

    Is it necessary and just that parliamentarians are immune from legal action? If so, to what extent is such immunity justified and which purpose does it serve? These questions touch the very core of constitutional law. This book contains a comprehensive study of parliamentary immunity in the United Kingdom, France and the Netherlands.
  43. Motive Matters!

    Publication date: September 12, 2013<
    Motive Matters!
    243 pp. | paperback

    This book argues that motive in committing breach of contract should matter in the application of remedies in contract. Deliberate breach of contract requires a different and sterner answer from the law of contract than any other breach of contract, because equally remedying all breaches of contract threatens parties’ trust in the law of contract.
  44. Compensating Ecological Damage

    Publication date: June 26, 2013<
    Compensating Ecological Damage
    452 pp. | paperback

    This book focuses on the damage to private natural resources which have an ecological value in excess of their market value and the damage to public natural resources. Its aim is to design a compensation system, taking into account the interaction between regulation, liability rules and compensation mechanisms, to both prevent and compensate for ecological damage.
  45. Legal Education

    Publication date: June 26, 2013<
    Legal Education
    230 pp. | paperback

    This book on Legal Education was written based upon many of the author's experiences as professor and dean. It focuses on many issues such as teaching itself, employability, mission and focus of law schools, the future of law schools in this age of internationalisation, student intake, the link with the labour markets and many other issues.
  46. European Union Property Law

    Publication date: May 28, 2013<
    European Union Property Law
    338 pp. | paperback

    This study provides an overview of the existing acquis communautaire in property law, and presents a proposal for the future development of this field of law. It deals with the influence of the EU’s four freedoms on national property law and discusses whether or not the EU would have the competence to actively create property law, and the extent to which it has already done so.
  47. Law and Security in Europe: Reconsidering the Security Constitution
    253 pp. | paperback

    In this book, the authors analyse the ambiguity of the notion of security and its tendency to expand and affect simultaneously different fields of law. More specifically, they address the militarisation of the fight against terrorism, the distinction between administrative and penal sanctions, the limits of intelligence activities and the scope of criminalisation.
  48. Truth and Efficiency in Civil Litigation
    402 pp. | paperback

    In the pursuit of justice, truth always plays a prominent role. In most legal systems, elaborate rules on the taking of evidence try to guarantee that an accurate, factual basis is used for the application of the law. Such rules are the core of most methods of adjudication and they are the main theme of the present volume, which focuses specifically on the rules of evidence within the context of efficiency in civil proceedings.
  49. Constitutional Conversations in Europe
    400 pp. | paperback

    The relationship between national constitutional courts and the European Court of Justice (CJEU) is increasingly cast in terms of communication, understood as having a constructive connotation, and as an alternative to the prior and more destructive language of ‘guerre des juges’, conflict and revolt. This volume provides a critical examination of the normative, empirical and contextual aspects of such judicial conversations. I between the CJ...
  50. Enforcing Health and Safety Regulation
    329 pp. | paperback

    This book examines the enforcement of occupational health and safety (OHS) regulation from the perspective of law and economics. It starts with an extensive survey of the economic literature on regulation and enforcement and subsequently provides an overview of the international legal framework for OHS enforcement..
  51. Property Law Perspectives
    154 pp. | paperback

    This book discusses new developments in property law that challenge traditional property law theory. Although it deals with various aspects of property law, such as virtual property, prescription, and EU property law, all topics share a vision on how to give shape to the property law of the 21st century.
  52. Alternative Ways to Ius Commune
    256 pp. | paperback

    This book discusses two major instruments of European contract law that saw the light in 2011: the Consumer Rights Directive (CRD) and the proposal for a Common European Sales Law (CESL). Both instruments aim at improving the internal market.
  53. Linked Contracts

    Publication date: May 16, 2012<
    Linked Contracts
    166 pp. | paperback

    Modern society is full of linked contracts: a plurality of separately concluded contracts that are somehow interrelated. However, contract law is still primarily centred on traditional contractual relations between (just) two parties. This book therefore explores the legal consequences of the existence of linked contracts. It thereby provides insights for practice and academia in this new phenomenon.
  54. The Changing Role of the European Council in the Institutional Framework of the European Union
    405 pp. | paperback

    This book answers two questions: what is the relationship between the European Council and the other EU institutions and what are the various roles of the European Council in the EU decision-making process?
  55. The Draft Common Frame of Reference: national and comparative perspectives
    506 pp. | paperback

    The Draft Common Frame of Reference is the result of more than 25 years of academic research on European private law, and was published in October 2009. Against this background, this book presents and critically analyses the DCFR, and situates it in relation to current Belgian and European private law.
  56. The Power of Punitive Damages
    533 pp. | paperback

    In their search for better ways to enforce private and public legal rules, prevent damage, and compensate victims of grave wrongdoing, European legal scholars and policy makers show an increased interest in this particular private law remedy. The twenty-two authors of this book reflect on the pros and cons, applicability, aims and limitations of punitive damages in terms of different legal themes.
  57. Educating European Lawyers
    263 pp. | paperback

    This books pays attention to the developments in European law and the effects these have on legal education in general as well as in other fields. Drawing from their own experiences, the authors describe the current state of law, offer perspectives on future developments and explain how they translate these developments in the law school curriculum. All the contributions in this book have in common that each author seeks to better prepare stud...
  58. Does Law Matter?

    Publication date: October 17, 2011<
    Does Law Matter?
    418 pp. | hardback

    To what extent can differences in economic development among countries be explained by differing law and institutions. This volume takes stock of this debate and offers an integrated approach that not only takes into account the insights of economics, but also of comparative law and empirics.
  59. The social security position of irregular migrant workers
    752 pp. | paperback

    How should a State treat an irregular migrant worker who is confronted with the realisation of a social risk such as becoming incapacitated for work due to a labour accident? Should he be treated like any other worker and qualify for income replacement benefits, medical benefits and labour-market reintegration measures? Or should he be denied these benefits? This book addresses these questions and sets out proposals on how irregular migrant wo...
  60. Constitutional Constraints on Ad Hoc Legislation
    324 pp. | paperback

    Legislatures sometimes adopt laws that create a special legal regime for a particular case rather than general rules for an indefinite number of situations or persons. These ad hoc laws are controversial. The purpose of this first in-depth comparative study in the fields of constitutional law and legislative studies is to clarify the use and existence of ad hoc laws and to place them within a constitutional framework of the rule of law. It is ...
  61. The effect of a change of circumstances on the binding force of contracts
    328 pp. | paperback

    This book studies the situation where unexpected circumstances render the performance of a contract much more difficult or onerous and those which frustrate the purpose of the transaction. It includes a comparative analysis of European and Latin American jurisdictions as well as American contract law.
  62. The Costanzo Obligation

    Publication date: May 21, 2011<
    The Costanzo Obligation
    369 pp. | paperback

    National administrative authorities are obliged to leave provisions of national law unapplied when these are incompatible with EU law. Irrespective of their position and powers under national law, national administrative authorities are supposed to comply with this so-called ‘Costanzo obligation’ as established by the Court of Justice. This raises questions of both European Union law and national constitutional law, particularly with regard to...
  63. The Landscape of the Legal Professions in Europe and the USA: Continuity and Change
    280 pp. | paperback

    The present volume deals with recent developments in the legal profession in Europe and in the United States of America from a comparative and historical perspective. Apart from discussing the legal profession in general, specific attention is paid to the Latin Notary, the Advocates, the Rechtspfleger, the State Attorney, court experts, and mediators and arbitrators.
  64. An EU-Wide Letter of Rights

    Publication date: November 22, 2010<
    An EU-Wide Letter of Rights
    526 pp. | paperback

    Everybody who is arrested or questioned by the police on suspicion of involvement in a criminal activity has certain rights, such as the right to remain silent or to consult a lawyer. This book gathers information on the way suspects in the EU Member States are informed in writing of their rights in criminal proceedings. Subsequently a normative framework has been developed based on the jurisprudence of the ECtHR to establish standards and a l...
  65. Conflict of Laws and Laws of Conflict in Europe and Beyond
    402 pp. | paperback

    This book seeks to find new ways for a democratisation of European and transnational governance outside traditional models, and more convincing ways of a European and transnational ‘juridification’ that reconciles democracy, diversity, and social rights.
  66. The Regulation of Architects in Belgium and the Netherlands
    544 pp. | paperback

    This book discusses and compares the different legal and economic aspects of the regulation of architects in Belgium and the Netherlands . It also discusses EU legislation and case law on the free movement of architects in and to the European Union.
  67. Fact-Finding in Civil Litigation

    Publication date: June 24, 2010<
    Fact-Finding in Civil Litigation
    444 pp. | paperback

    This book provides a comparative analysis of the process of fact-finding in the litigation process. It offers theoretical insights on the distinctive features of the fact-finding arrangements in civil cases andt also examines the empirical data that shed light on the operation of procedural rules in legal practice.
  68. Effective Criminal Defence in Europe
    656 pp. | paperback

    Every year, millions of people across Europe – innocent and guilty - are arrested and detained by the police. Based on a three year research study, this book explores and compares access to effective defence in criminal proceedings across nine European jurisdictions that constitute examples of the three major legal traditions in Europe, inquisitorial, adversarial and post-state socialist: Belgium, England & Wales, Finland, France, Germany, Hun...
  69. Financial Supervision in a Comparative Perspective
    102 pp. | paperback

    This book provides an overview of the role of the independent administrative authorities assigned to the oversight of financial markets, by outlining both the historic and economic background, the warp and the weft of the European system, and where these authorities have emerged and now operate.
  70. The Making of Chinese Condominium Law

    Publication date: May 26, 2010<
    The Making of Chinese Condominium Law
    214 pp. | paperback

    Even though apartments are the dominant form of housing in China, they are still largely poorly regulated. This book addresses the legal deficiency of condominium law and seeks to map out an academically rigorous approach to understanding and formalizing it with a critical comparative analysis.
  71. Enforcement and Enforceability
    334 pp. | paperback

    This book supplies a number of perspectives on the development of enforcement of court judgments and other enforceable documents in Europe. The articles are written by experts from legal academia and professionals involved in enforcement practice. New trends are highlighted.
  72. The Right to Specific Performance
    189 pp. | paperback

    By presenting historical materials, this volume elucidates the quandary of the law of obligations when it has to answer the question what a creditor eventually will acquire: damages or specific performance?
  73. The European Private Company (SPE)
    284 pp. | paperback

    This book deals with the Proposal for a Council Regulation on the Statute for a European Private Company (Societas Privata Europaea, SPE) as put forward by the European Commission in the summer of 2008. It adds to the comments already made in the legal literature by dealing with key aspects of the SPE Proposal in an extensive way and by including, where relevant, the amendments adopted by the European Parliament in March 2009.
  74. Access to Justice and the Judiciary
    230 pp. | paperback

    In a time when an ever growing demand for justice meets economic crisis and shrinking resources, innovative approaches to access to justice are urgently needed. The present volume discusses a variety of such approaches from across Europe (and beyond), all united by their significance in contemporary trends in legal and judicial reform.
  75. The Principle of Numerus Clausus in European Property Law
    657 pp. | paperback

    In order to develop a framework, which can form the basis for the development of a European property law this book seeks to provide a comparative analysis of property law from the perspective of four European legal systems, and of European law, focusing on the numerus clausus principle. The book offers theoretical insights on how substantive property law, European law, and, to a certain extent, private international law intersect. Inspiration ...
  76. European Cooperation between Financial Supervisory Authorities, Tax Authorities and Judicial Authorities
    241 pp. | paperback

    This book focuses on the relationship between the two instruments for transnational co-operation in the field of evidence gathering, namely mutual assistance in administrative matters and mutual assistance in criminal matters. This volume not only contains an analysis of the relevant rules on transnational law enforcement co-operation, but also the results of a comparative study into the nature and organisation of national law enforcement in t...
  77. Berts Judicial Case Management and Efficiency in Civil Litigation
    181 pp. | paperback

    The present volume addresses judicial case management and issues of efficiency in civil litigation. Apart from France, the focus is on these issues in three comparatively small jurisdictions which are often ignored in the international legal debate: Scotland, Belgium and the Netherlands. In addition the ALI/Unidroit Principles of Transnational Civil Procedure and the Storme Report are considered.


  78. Berts Judicial Case Management and Efficiency in Civil Litigation
    181 pp. | paperback

    The present volume addresses judicial case management and issues of efficiency in civil litigation. Apart from France, the focus is on these issues in three comparatively small jurisdictions which are often ignored in the international legal debate: Scotland, Belgium and the Netherlands. In addition the ALI/Unidroit Principles of Transnational Civil Procedure and the Storme Report are considered.


  79. Nordic Law - Between Tradition and Dynamism
    178 pp. | paperback

    This book explores the mentality underlying Nordic law and seeks to explain its relationship with both long-term cultural tradition and the forces that account for its historical continuity. How was Nordic law transformed into a vehicle of social change, progress and instrumentalism?
  80. Suspects in Europe
    280 pp. | paperback

    This book provides an insight into the investigative stage of the criminal process and, in particular, the legal protection of persons suspected of crime, in a number of EU countries: Belgium, England and Wales, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands and Poland.
  81. Food Safety Regulation in Europe

    Publication date: February 13, 2007<
    Food Safety Regulation in Europe
    469 pp. | paperback

    this book investigates the legal and institutional structures of food safety regulation and their recent developments in France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden, Hungary, and at the EU level. The choice of countries is intended to shed light on the different ways in which European systems of food safety regulation have been affected by major food scares. It provides insights into how the various actors perceive the practical functioning of...
  82. Selected Issues in Equal Treatment Law: A multilayered comparison of European, English and Dutch Law
    552 pp. | paperback

    This book examines the emerging principle of equality in EC law on the basis of a multi-layered comparison.
  83. Contract Interpretation and Gap Filling: Comparative and Theoretical Perspectives
    485 pp. | paperback

    This book also contains a theoretical component that draws insights and inspiration from autonomy-based theories of contract, law and economics, notions of fairness and socio-legal perspectives to establish why contracting parties leave gaps in their contracts, whether intervention is justified and, if so, how gaps in contracts should be filled.
  84. Towards a Unified System of Land Burdens?
    197 pp. | paperback

    Various legal systems were discussed: Austria, Belgium, England, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Scotland and the United States. The leading theme was whether civil law systems can learn from the Anglo-American experience. Particularly the American Law Institute's Restatement (Third) of Property, Servitudes offers an interesting model for unification
  85. Judicial Lawmaking and Administrative Law
    310 pp. | paperback

    In the Dutch literature, the terms law-finding and law-making are often used interchangeably. From a legal point of view, however, it makes quite a difference to the position of the court whether law-finding or law-making is meant.
  86. (Non-)Conformity in the 1980 UN Convention on the International Sale of Good: A Uniform Concept?
    316 pp. | paperback

    The 1980 UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods unifies the law governing the rights and obligations arising from a contract for the international sale of goods for the seller and the buyer. One of the main obligations for the seller under the Convention is to deliver goods which are in conformity with the contract (art. 35 CISG). With respect to this particular obligation, a number of questions have arisen. This book c...
  87. Regulation of and by Pharmacists in the Netherlands and Belgium: An Economic Approach
    195 pp. | paperback

    This book examines the regulation of pharmacists in the Netherlands and Belgium from the perspective of law and economics.
  88. Towards a European Ius Commune in Legal Education and Research
    326 pp. | paperback

    This book is devoted to the growing internationalization of the legal disciplines from both a scholarly and an educational perspective.
  89. The Contribution of Mixed Legal Systems to European Private Law
    126 pp. | paperback

    This book brings together a number of essays on the contribution that the so-called mixed legal systems can make to the emergence of a European private law.
  90. Legal Aspects of Soil Pollution and Decontamination in the EU Member States and the United States
    447 pp. | paperback

    This book gives a general insight into the legal aspects of soil pollution and the decontamination of polluted soil.