An essential guide for lawmakers, scholars, and students of law, this work takes on the formidable task of providing a detailed overview of the harmonization of law in the European Union. Skillfully researched, the authors seek to approach this topic with an eye to the recent enlargement process. In highlighting the most recent actions of the European Court of Justice and the Court of First Instance, the book seeks to analyze the future strengths and pitfalls of EU Common Law. Court rulings are quoted at length, and work in conjunction with text inserts in providing a format that breaks down complex information. This open style of the book gives researchers the ability to quickly locate useful information and cite statements from EU institutions. In outlining the sources and institutions of Community Law, and the challenges in harmonizing national and supra-national law-books. A Common Law for Europe has done a tremendous service for academics and future leaders of the European Union.
Gian Antonio Benacchio is Professor of Private Comparative Law of the Faculty of Law at the University of Trento. Barbara Pasa is Lecturer and Research Fellow of the Faculty of Law at the University of Turin.
Contents; Chapter I Private law of the European Community: the process of harmonisation, uniformisation and unification Chapter II The diffusion of legal rules and models and the transposition of concepts Chapter III Harmonisation as an instrument for the 'Reinforced Pre-Accession Strategy' Chapter IV Institutions and sources of Community law Chapter V The adaptation of national laws to Community law; Chapter VI A Common Law for Europe? Bibliography; List of abbreviations; List of Tables; Index