Rethinking Methods in European Private Law

PRACTICE AND THEORY IN COMPARATIVE LAW, Maurice Adams & Jacco Bomhoff, eds., pp. 170-185, Cambridge 2012

Maastricht European Private Law Institute Working Paper 2012/15

16 Pages Posted: 26 Jul 2012 Last revised: 29 Oct 2012

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Jan M. Smits

Maastricht University Faculty of Law - Maastricht European Private Law Institute (M-EPLI)

Date Written: July 26, 2012

Abstract

It is well known that there is a gap between comparative law theory and the way in which comparative lawyers actually compare. This contribution was written for a book that attempts to bridge the gap between theory and practice in comparative legal studies. It offers a search for the methodological underpinnings of the author’s work in the field of European private law by looking at three research lines: work on uniformity and diversity in law, on how law develops over time and on the changing role of legal institutions in a post-national society.

Keywords: Methodology, European private law

Suggested Citation

Smits, Jan M., Rethinking Methods in European Private Law (July 26, 2012). PRACTICE AND THEORY IN COMPARATIVE LAW, Maurice Adams & Jacco Bomhoff, eds., pp. 170-185, Cambridge 2012; Maastricht European Private Law Institute Working Paper 2012/15. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2117809 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2117809

Jan M. Smits (Contact Author)

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Maastricht, NL-6200 MD
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