Is Unification of Family Law Feasible or Even Desirable?

21 Pages Posted: 20 May 2010  

Dieter Martiny

Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law

Date Written: May 20, 2010

Abstract

A few decades ago the term ‘European family law’ sounded a little bit artificial or even strange. Today there is a growing awareness that the two notions have something in common. However, family law as such is still not a matter of general concern in the development of European civil law. It is often only discussed in the context of European human rights, fundamental rights in the EU or private international law. However, compared to the past, one has become more and more aware of the problems originating from the diversity of family law in Europe and the methods needed to improve the current situation. Nevertheless, the scepticism towards unnecessary attempts at legislative unification and the creation of a state of sameness still overshadows the issue.

Keywords: European Contract Law, European Private Law, European Familiy Law

Suggested Citation

Martiny, Dieter, Is Unification of Family Law Feasible or Even Desirable? (May 20, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1612157 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1612157

Dieter Martiny (Contact Author)

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