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How European Is European Private International Law?: Sources, Court Practice, Academic Discourse

ISBN13: 9781780686981
Published: September 2019
Publisher: Intersentia Publishers
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £94.00

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Over the course of the last few decades, the European legislature has adopted a total of 18 Regulations in the area of private international law, including civil procedure. The resulting substantial legislative unification has been described as the first true ‘Europeanisation’ of private international law, and even as a kind of ‘European Choice of Law Revolution’. However, it remains largely unclear whether the far-reaching unification of the ‘law on the books’ has turned private international law into a truly European ‘law in action’: To what extent is European private international law actually based on uniform European rules common to all Member States, rather than on state treaties or instruments of enhanced cooperation? Is the manner in which academics and practitioners analyse and interpret European private international law really different from previously existing domestic approaches to private international law? Or, rather, is the actual application and interpretation of European private international law still influenced, or even dominated, by national legal traditions, leading to a re-fragmentation of a supposedly uniform body of law?

In bringing together academics from all over Europe, How European is European Private International Law? sets out to answer – for the first time – these crucial and interrelated questions. It sheds light on the conspicuous lack of “Europeanness” currently symptomatic of European private international law and discusses how this body of law can become truly European in character in the future.

Comparative Law
Table of Contents and preliminary matter (p.
Introduction (p.
The Relationship between EU Legislation and International Instruments in the Field of Private International Law
Regulations and Conventions: A Comment on the Sources of European Union Private International Law
Interaction between EU Regulations and Member State Codifi cation of Private International Law: From Patchwork to Network
A View from the Trenches on EU and Member State Private International Law
The Application of European Private International Law and the Ascertainment of Foreign Law
When Should EU Private International Law Require that Foreign Law be Applied?
The Application of European Private International Law by National Judges: Challenges and Shortcomings
The Application of European Private International Law by National Judges: Making the Job Easier
A Common Discourse in European Private International Law? A View from the Court System
National Court Systems and Uniform Application of European Private International Law
National Styles of Academic Discourse and their Impact on European Private International Law: A View from France
National Styles of Academic Discourse and their Impact on European Private International Law: A Portuguese Perspective
Political Private International Law: How European are Overriding Mandatory Provisions and Public Policy Exceptions?
Public Policy and Overriding Mandatory Rules as Mirrors of the EU System of Th ought and Integration: On the ‘Europeanness’ of Exceptions and Oddities
Private International Law in Legal Education in Europe and Selected Other Countries
Should European Teachers Focus on European Private International Law?