The Harmonisation of Private Law in Europe: Some Insights from Evolutionary Theory

16 Pages Posted: 9 Sep 2005 Last revised: 4 Jun 2009

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Jan M. Smits

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

Abstract

In this article, it is investigated whether it is possible to predict the evolution of (parts of) national European private law systems toward a uniform private law. In doing so, insights of evolutionary theory, economic analysis of law and (socio)biology are taken into account in what is essentially an interdisciplinary approach toward the evolution of European private law.

Keywords: European Private Law, Evolution, Comparative Law

JEL Classification: K10

Suggested Citation

Smits, Jan M., The Harmonisation of Private Law in Europe: Some Insights from Evolutionary Theory. Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law, Vol. 31, pp. 79-99, 2002. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=795145

Jan M. Smits (Contact Author)

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

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Maastricht, NL-6200 MD
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