EU Private Law Injustices
41 Yearbook of European Law (Forthcoming)
46 Pages Posted: 12 Jan 2021 Last revised: 19 Sep 2022
Date Written: December 21, 2020
This paper offers a critique of injustices in European private law. It explains why the EU should be held morally responsible for the injustices created or supported by its private law. In particular, it demonstrates for several core elements of EU private law that they are unjust, because they cannot be justified with non-rejectable reasons, and insofar lead to domination by EU private law. This is the case, especially, for EU private law’s consumerism, its Eurocentrism, its constitutionalised market-functionalism, its doctrinal and judicial expert government, and its blindness towards intersectional domination. The paper also critically discusses, and rejects, various theories offering blueprints for an ideal European private law system. Instead, it argues for the priority of democratic justice and for an urgent focus on salient injustices in EU private law’s theory and practice.
Keywords: European private law, private law theory, critical theory, justice, interpersonal justice, social justice, consumerism, market functionalism, Eurocentrism, intersectionality, domination
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