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Elgar Encyclopedia Of Comparative Law

Jan M. Smits

Edited by Jan M. Smits, Professor of European Private Law, Faculty of Law, Maastricht University, the Netherlands

2006 840 pp Hardback 978 1 84542 013 0
2008 Paperback 978 1 84720 616 9
ebook isbn 978 1 84720 020 4

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‘The entries are written in a lucid and accessible style, with appropriate references being given for further research. All in all, a substantial work which will delight enthusiasts of comparative law.’
– The Commonwealth Lawyer

Contributors: M. Abe, D. Bradley, W.E. Butler, R. Caterina, M. Claes, H. Cousy, E. Dacoronia, G.-R. de Groot, M. Deturbide, R. Dotevall, M.J. de Waal, J.E. du Plessis, M.G. Faure, J. Fedtke, F. Ferrari, D. Geradin, H.P. Glenn, M. Gondek, J. Gordley, J. Hage, B. Havel, J.H. Herbots, V. Heutger, G. Howells, M. Hunter-Henin, J. Husa, N. Jansen, A.J. Kanning, S.M. Kröll, S.D. Lindenbergh, G. Lubbe, B. Lurger, H.L. MacQueen, U. Magnus, K. Mayer, R. Michaels, J.M. Milo, J. Neethling, H.P. Nehl, D. Nelken, L. Nottage, C. O’Cinneide, A.E. Örücü, V.V. Palmer, F. Pennings, P. Pichonnaz, B. Pozzo, G. Samuel, M.J. Schermaier, M. Schmidt-Kessel, E. Schrage, G. Shalev, L. Slepaite, D. Smith, J.M. Smits, V. Thuronyi, M. Torsello, A. Vacquer, J.H.M. van Erp, N. Van Leuven, C.H. van Rhee, R. Verhagen, R. Verkerk, D. Visser, L. van Vliet, S. Vogenauer, M. Vranken, H.M. Watt, S. Weatherill, T. Weigend, B. Wessels, J. Ziller, P. Zumbansen

Further information

The first of its kind, this comprehensive Encyclopedia on comparative law takes stock of present-day comparative law scholarship.

Written by authorities in their respective fields, the contributions in this accessible book cover and combine not only questions regarding the methodology of comparative law, but also specific areas of law (such as administrative law and criminal law) and specific topics (such as accident compensation and consideration). In addition, the Encyclopedia contains reports on a selected set of countries legal systems and as a whole presents an overview of the current state of affairs.

Providing its readers with a unique point of reference, as well as stimulus for further research, this volume is an indispensable tool for anyone interested in comparative law, especially students and scholars.

Full table of contents


Jan M. Smits

1. Accident Compensation
Michael G. Faure

2. Administrative Law
Hanns Peter Nehl

3. Agency and Representation
Hendrick Verhagen

4. Aims of Comparative Law
H. Patrick Glenn

5. American Law (United States)
Ralf Michaels

6. Arbitration
Stefan M. Kröll

7. Assignment
Brigitta Lurger

8. Australia
Martin Vranken

9. Belgium
Nathalie Van Leuven

10. Canada
Michael Deturbide

11. Civil Procedure
C.H. (Remco) van Rhee and Remme Verkerk

12. Commercial Regulation
Luke Nottage

13. Common Law
Geoffrey Samuel

14. Comparative Law and Economics
Raffaele Caterina

15. Competition Law
Damien Geradin

16. Consideration
James Gordley

17. Constitutional Law
Monica Claes

18. Consumer Protection
Stephen Weatherill

19. Coordination of Legal Systems
Arnald J. Kanning

20. Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure
Thomas Weigend

21. The Czech Republic
Bohumil Havel

22. Damages (in tort)
Siewert D. Lindenbergh

23. England and Wales
Damian Smith

24. European Civil Code
Nils Jansen

25. Family Law
David Bradley

26. German Law
Martin J. Schermaier

27. Greece
Eugenia Dacoronia

28. Insolvency Law
Bob Wessels

29. Insurance Law
Herman Cousy

30. Interpretation of Contracts
Jacques H. Herbots

31. Israel
Gabriela Shalev

32. Italy
Barbara Pozzo

33. Japanese Law
Masaki Abe and Luke Nottage

34. Legal Culture
David Nelken

35. Legal Families
Jaakko Husa

36. Legal History and Comparative Law
Eltjo Schrage and Viola Heutger

37. Legal Reasoning
Jaap Hage

38. Legal Translation
Gerard-René de Groot

39. Legal Transplants
Jörg Fedtke

40. Lithuania
Laura Slepaite

41. Methodology of Comparative Law
A. Esin Örücü

42. Mistake
Gerhard Lubbe

43. Mixed Jurisdictions
Vernon Valentine Palmer

44. Nationality Law
Gerard-René de Groot

45. The Netherlands
Jan M. Smits

46. Offer and Acceptance Inter Absentes
Franco Ferrari

47. Personal and Real Security
J.H.M. (Sjef) van Erp

48. Personality Rights
Johann Neethling

49. Poland
Michal Gondek

50. Privacy
Colm O’Cinneide, Myriam Hunter-Henin and Jörg Fedtke

51. Private International Law
Horatia Muir Watt

52. Product Liability
Geraint Howells

53. Property and Real Rights
J. Michael Milo

54. Public Law
Jacques Ziller

55. Remedies for Breach of Contract
Marco Torsello

56. Russian Law
William E. Butler

57. Scots Law
Hector L. MacQueen

58. Social Security
Frans Pennings

59. South Africa
Jacques E. du Plessis

60. Spain
Antoni Vaquer

61. Statutory Interpretation
Stefan Vogenauer

62. Supervening Events and Force Majeure
Martin Schmidt-Kessel and Katrin Mayer

63. Sweden
Rolf Dotevall

64. Switzerland
Pascal Pichonnaz

65. Tax Law
Victor Thuronyi

66. Tort Law in General
Ulrich Magnus

67. Transfer of Movable Property
Lars van Vliet

68. Transnational Law
Peer Zumbansen

69. Trust Law
Marius J. de Waal

70. Unjustified Enrichment
Daniel Visser


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