Europäische Methodenlehre: Stand und Perspektiven (European Methodology: Current Positions and Future Perspectives)

Rabel Journal of Comparative and International Private Law (RabelsZ), Vol. 75, No. 4, pp. 700-729, October 2011

DOI: 10.1628/003372511797638242

Max Planck Private Law Research Paper No. 11/12

31 Pages Posted: 5 Sep 2011 Last revised: 3 Mar 2013

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Holger Fleischer

Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law

Date Written: June 18, 2011

Abstract

This article provides a panorama of EU Legal Methodology as it currently stands, and how it may develop into the future. Conceptually, the article recommends a double approach using the dual theoretical systems of EU private law and European ius commune, employed with such success in substantive law to equally benefit the development of legal methodology. It then goes on to identify problems specific to methodology in EU private law including constitutional, systematic, linguistic and gap closure questions, as well as issues dealing with comparative case law analysis. For European ius commune on the other hand, discussion focuses on the phenomenon of methodological convergence in different jurisdictions by exploring selected issues (significance of legal history, weighing of interpretation methods, and limitations on judge-made law). Finally, the article raises some broader questions, ranging from specific methods used in certain areas of the law, to the plethora of legal sources and consequentialism, the integration of extra-legal arguments into legal discourse, and techniques for legislative drafting.

This article is published in this Research Paper Series with the permission of the rights owner, Mohr Siebeck. Full-text Rabel Journal articles are available via pay-per-view or subscription at IngentaConnect, a provider of digital journals on the Internet.

Note: Downloadable document is in German.

Keywords: European Legal Methodology, transnational legal methodology, methods in EU private law, convergence and divergence of legal methods

Suggested Citation

Fleischer, Holger, Europäische Methodenlehre: Stand und Perspektiven (European Methodology: Current Positions and Future Perspectives) (June 18, 2011). Rabel Journal of Comparative and International Private Law (RabelsZ), Vol. 75, No. 4, pp. 700-729, October 2011; DOI: 10.1628/003372511797638242; Max Planck Private Law Research Paper No. 11/12. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1922689

Holger Fleischer (Contact Author)

Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law ( email )

Mittelweg 187
Hamburg, 20148
Germany

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