Optionales europäisches Privatrecht (»28. Modell«) (The Optional Instrument in European Private Law (“28th Regime”))
Rabel Journal of Comparative and International Private Law (RabelsZ), Vol. 76, No. 2, pp. 235-252, April 2012
19 Pages Posted: 17 Feb 2012 Last revised: 11 Apr 2013
Date Written: January 1, 2012
This paper explores the “optional instrument” as a regulatory tool in European private law. The term “optional instrument” or “28th Regime” refers to supranational corporate forms, legal titles or legal instruments which provide an alternative model for doing business throughout the European Union while leaving national laws untouched. After distinguishing different modes of optional law, the paper provides an overview of optional instruments that already exist or are proposed in European company law, intellectual property law, insurance contract law and sales law. It then identifies common features and problems of the 28th Regime, from its appropriate legal basis and the need for an optional instrument to its scope of application, its interface with national law and its relationship to private international law. Finally, the paper addresses the under-researched question of vertical regulatory competition triggered by optional instruments in European private law.
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Keywords: European Private Law, Optional Instrument, 28th Regime, optional law, European Company Law, European Intellectual Property Law, European Insurance Contract Law
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