Download this Paper Open PDF in Browser

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

21 Pages Posted: 19 Feb 2011  

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; Tilburg Law School Department of Private Law and TISCO; Catholic University of Portugal (UCP) - Católica Global School of Law; Greenille by Laga

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

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

Oude Markt 13
Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant 3000
Belgium

HOME PAGE: http://ppw.kuleuven.be/english/wopp/leuven-center-for-collaborative-management

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 by Laga ( email )

Boulevard de la Woluwe 2
1150 Brussels
Belgium
003227380650 (Phone)
003227380660 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www.greenille.eu

Yves-Henri Leleu

Independent ( email )

No Address Available

Paper statistics

Downloads
710
Rank
28,997
Abstract Views
1,906