European Supreme Courts is a groundbreaking addition to legal history publishing and is the culmination of years of research by an extensive team of leading legal historians and experts. Presented to the general European reader for the first time, the authoritative text is accompanied by over 160 rare images from extensive European archives and collections, as well as present-day images of European and national courts and institutions.
This ambitious publication explores the history of supreme courts structures throughout the European continent from the high medieval period to the modern day. Their story is one of considerable diversity, but it also reveals the many common themes that influenced the practice of law over the years. European Supreme Courts serves to set the contemporary role of the international supreme courts within the context of a strikingly rich legacy of legal traditions, culture and history in Europe.
Professor Alain Wijffels teaches comparative law and legal history in the University of Leiden, Belgium. He has studied the medieval and early-modern European civil law tradition in the judicial practice of several European countries from a comparative prospective. Professor C.H. (Remco) van Rhee's distinguished career has encompassed teaching posts at the universities of Leiden and Utrecht. He is Chair of European Legal History at Maastricht University and specializes in comparative civil procedure and its history in Europe and the United States.
Foreword: Baron Neuberger of Abbotsbury, President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. Part 1: Courts of Law in the Medieval and Early-Modern Era. The transition to the Later Middle Ages: A new paradigm of justice administration. Part 2: Courts of Law in the Sovereign Nation State (19/20th centuries). The creation of the European and supra-national legal order (20th/21st centuries).