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Principles of French Law offers a comprehensive introduction to French law and the French legal system in terms which a common lawyer can understand. The authors give an explanation of the institutions, rules and techniques that characterize the major branches of French law. The chapters provide the reader with a clear sense of the questions that French lawyers see as important and how they would answer them. In the ten years since the publication of the first edition, French law has changed in significant ways. European Union law and the European Convention on Human Rights have had a significant impact, especially on procedural law and family law. There has been a new Commercial Code, major legislation on divorce, succession and criminal law, as well as significant developments in the Constitution. In addition, there have been considerable developments in the case-law and a much discussed proposal for reform of major areas of the law of obligations. The chapters present not only the rules of law, but, where appropriate, the principles and values underlying the system. Considerable use is made of juristic literature and of examples from French case law.
The book is designed for students studying French law at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, and as preliminary reading for students about to study in France. It will also serve as an initial point of reference for scholars embarking on a study of French law.
John Bell is Professor of Law at the University of Cambridge and is an authority on French Law. He taught the subject extensively in Oxford and Leeds and has written major books on French constitutional law, administrative law and the judicial profession. He has been a visiting professor in Paris and Le Mans. Simon Whittaker is Fellow and Tutor in Law, St. John's College, Oxford and Professor of European Comparative Law, University of Oxford. He has published widely in the areas of contract and tort law in English law and in French law and on EC legislation harmonizing these areas. He has taught comparative law for over twenty years and has been visiting professor at the Universities of Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne and Paris II Pantheon Assas. Sophie Boyron is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham, where she teaches French law and public law.
Introduction: The Spirit of French Law ; PART I: THE SYSTEM ; 1. Sources of Law ; 2. Court Institutions ; 3. People Administering Justice ; PART II: THE LAW ; 4. Legal Procedure ; 5. Constitutional Law ; 6. Administrative Law ; 7. Criminal Law ; 8. Family Law ; 9. The Law of Property ; 10. The Law of Obligations ; 11. Commercial Law ; 12. Employment Law ; PART III: STUDYING FRENCH LAW ; 13. Bibliographical Guide and Legal Methods ; Appendix: Bibliographical Sources and Legal Methods
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