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Legal History & a Common Law for Europe
Mystery, Reality, Imagination

By Alan Watson
September 2001
Institutet for Rattshistorisk Forskning
ISBN: 91-85190-65-9
181 pages, 5 3/4" x 8 1/4"
$57.50 Paper Original

Professor Watson deals with a controversial issue, namely, the developments towards unification of European private law. This book, however, is different from other studies on a common private law for the European Union as it does not deal directly with the advisability of a common private law code for the whole of the European Union set out in directives from the Community. The aim of this study is rather to underline the importance of "the lessons that may be learned from legal history for the formation of any new ius commune."