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Making European private law: governance design

Fabrizio Cafaggi
  • Function : Scientific advisor
Horatia Muir Watt


The debate concerning the desirability and modes of harmonisation of European Private Law (EPL) has, until now, been mainly concerned with substantive rules. The link between rules and institutions suggests that governance of both the process of harmonisation and its outcome is necessary.This book covers various perspectives on the challenge of designing governance for EPL: the implications of a multi-level system in terms of competences, the interplay between market integration and regulation, the legitimacy of private law making, the importance of self-regulation, the usefulness of conflict of law rules, the role of inter-governmental institutions, and the aftermath of enlargement.In addressing these, the book’s achievements are to successfully link two areas of scholarship that have so far remained separate, EPL and new modes of governance, and to address institutional reforms.The contributions offer different proposals to improve governance: the creation of a European Law institute, the improvement of judicial cooperation among national courts, the use of committees for implementation of EPL.Suggesting practical institutional reforms that can improve the process of Europeanisation of private law, this book will be of great interest to scholars of law, politics, political science, sociology and economics. It will also appeal to policymakers, and members of both European institutions and national institutions dealing with European matters.


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hal-03603664 , version 1 (10-03-2022)



Fabrizio Cafaggi, Horatia Muir Watt (Dir.). Making European private law: governance design. Fabrizio Cafaggi; Horatia Muir Watt. Edward Elgar Publishing, pp.355, 2008, 9781847201980. ⟨hal-03603664⟩
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