DescriptionPanel on Comparative Legal History
Background: Law is a social science subject to changes, while main actors of those changes can be often identified. Jan Smits argues that private law has been shaped by the activity of different legal actors, being these scholars, judges, practitioners, law makers, or citizens. This corresponds with the statement by Nils Jansen, who indicates that “the applicability and thus the validity and authority of legal texts have always been determined from within a legal system, by the participants to the legal discourses.” That reality still prevails in the European legal context. The workshop aims to explore the role of legal actors in the instrumentation of changes in private law. Perspectives will be extracted from different time periods, including Roman law, Ius commune, nineteenth-century codification, and the more recent efforts towards an European private law harmonization.
|Period||17 Nov 2014|
|Location||Edinburgh, United Kingdom|
|Degree of Recognition||International|