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Harmonization of the Law of Succession in Europe


Alain Laurent P. G. Verbeke


University of Leuven, Director Rector Roger Dillemans Family Property Law Institute, Codirector Institute for Contract Law, Codirector Leuven Center for Notary Law; Harvard Law School; University of Leuven, Faculty of Psychology; Antwerp Management School; Tilburg Law School Department of Private Law and TISCO; Catholic University of Portugal (UCP) - Católica Global School of Law; Greenille Attorneys

Yves-Henri Leleu


Independent

June 17, 2010

TOWARDS A EUROPEAN CIVIL CODE, FOURTH REVISED AND EXPANDED EDITION, pp. 459-479, A.S. Hartkamp, Martijn W. Hesselink, E.H. Hondius, Chantal Mak & C. Edgar du Perron, eds., Kluwer Law International, 2011

Abstract:     
In this contribution we explore the feasibility of harmonizing the law of succession in Europe. This is an area that is traditionally considered to be too much culture impacted to be harmonized. We first explore the concepts of comparative law, ius commune and harmonization. Then some typical solutions for problems of succession law are analyzed: transfer of the estate, intestate rights, position of surviving spouse, wills, forced heirship. We then explore the different approaches such as convergence of laws or unification. It is clear that in recent years the EU has become interested also in succession law (eg proposal for regulation October 2009). The feasibility therefore seems more and more possible. We question however the desirability of such evolution. Diversity in Europe should be cherished as a virtue and quality in itself. At least an open and transparent process of decision making is needed if one considers unification in private law in general, and in this field in particular.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 21

Keywords: Succession Law, Europe, Unification, Harmonization, Ius Commune, Conflict of Laws

JEL Classification: K12

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Date posted: February 19, 2011  

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Verbeke, Alain Laurent P. G. and Leleu, Yves-Henri, Harmonization of the Law of Succession in Europe (June 17, 2010). TOWARDS A EUROPEAN CIVIL CODE, FOURTH REVISED AND EXPANDED EDITION, pp. 459-479, A.S. Hartkamp, Martijn W. Hesselink, E.H. Hondius, Chantal Mak & C. Edgar du Perron, eds., Kluwer Law International, 2011. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1763147

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Alain Laurent P. G. Verbeke (Contact Author)
University of Leuven, Director Rector Roger Dillemans Family Property Law Institute, Codirector Institute for Contract Law, Codirector Leuven Center for Notary Law ( email )
Tiensestraat 41
Leuven, 3000
Belgium
003216325203 (Phone)
003216325296 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://www.law.kuleuven.be/fvr
Harvard Law School ( email )
Cambridge, MA
United States
HOME PAGE: http://www.pon.harvard.edu/
University of Leuven, Faculty of Psychology
Van Evenstraat 2B
B-3000 Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant 3000
Belgium
HOME PAGE: http://ppw.kuleuven.be/english/wopp/leuven-center-for-collaborative-management
Antwerp Management School ( email )
Het Brantijser
Sint-Jacobsmarkt 9-13
Antwerp, 2000
Belgium
Tilburg Law School Department of Private Law and TISCO ( email )
Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands
HOME PAGE: http://www.tilburguniversity.edu/research/institutes-and-research-groups/tisco/
Catholic University of Portugal (UCP) - Católica Global School of Law
Lisboa
Portugal
HOME PAGE: http://www.fd.lisboa.ucp.pt/site/custom/template/ucptplfac.asp?sspageID=3293&lang=2
Greenille Attorneys ( email )
Boulevard de la Woluwe 2
1150 Brussels
Belgium
003227380650 (Phone)
003227380660 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://www.greenille.eu
Yves-Henri Leleu
Independent ( email )
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