European Precedent Law

European Review of Private Law, Vol. 16, pp. 827-841, 2008

TICOM Working Paper on Comparative and Transnational Law No. 2008/4

17 Pages Posted: 20 Jun 2008 Last revised: 18 May 2009

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Eric Tjong Tjin Tai

Tilburg Law School

Karlijn Teuben

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn

Date Written: June 1, 2008

Abstract

The literature on harmonisation of private law within Europe is extensive, but mainly concentrates on substantive law. In this article we investigate the procedural aspects of the harmonisation of European private law by focusing on the role of precedent. After discussing the role of precedent in national private law systems we investigate the barriers to a similar role of precedent within the Community in the area of harmonised private law. We conclude that at the moment the lack of doctrine, the European Court of Justice's monopoly on interpretation of Community legislation, and the lack of a system of review by the European Court of Justice stand in the way of a proper European system of precedent law for private law.

Keywords: European law, private law, precedent

Suggested Citation

Tjong Tjin Tai, Eric and Teuben, Karlijn, European Precedent Law (June 1, 2008). European Review of Private Law, Vol. 16, pp. 827-841, 2008; TICOM Working Paper on Comparative and Transnational Law No. 2008/4 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1148115 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1148115

Eric Tjong Tjin Tai (Contact Author)

Tilburg Law School ( email )

Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands

Karlijn Teuben

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn ( email )

Postbox 11756
The Hague, Zuid-Holland 2502 AT
Netherlands

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