Harmonization of the Law of Succession in Europe

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

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Alain Laurent Verbeke

KU Leuven - Faculty of Law; Harvard Law School; KU Leuven - Faculty of Psychology; Tilburg Law School; Catholic University of Portugal (UCP) - Católica Global School of Law; Greenille Private Client Team @ Deloitte Legal - Lawyers

Yves-Henri Leleu

Independent

Date Written: June 17, 2010

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.

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

JEL Classification: K12

Suggested Citation

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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1763147

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