Principles of French Law / Edition 2

Paperback (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $54.45
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 41%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (16) from $54.45   
  • New (12) from $54.45   
  • Used (4) from $57.87   


Principles of French Law offers a comprehensive introduction to French law and the French legal system in terms which a common lawyer can understand. The authors give an explanation of the institutions, rules and techniques that characterize the major branches of French law. The chapters provide the reader with a clear sense of the questions that French lawyers see as important and how they would answer them.

In the ten years since the publication of the first edition, French law has changed in significant ways. European Union law and the European Convention on Human Rights have had a significant impact especially on procedural law and family law. There has been a new Commercial Code, major legislation on divorce, succession and criminal law, as well as significant developments in the Constitution. In addition, there have been very considerable developments in the case-law and a much discussed proposal for reform of major areas of the law of obligations.

The chapters present not only the rules of law, but, where appropriate, the principles and values underlying the system. Considerable use is made of juristic literature and of examples from French case law.

The book is designed for students studying French law at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, and as preliminary reading for students about to study in France. It will also serve as an initial point of reference for scholars embarking on a study of French law.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199541393
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/2/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 600
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

John Bell is Professor of Law at the University of Cambridge and is an authority on French Law. He taught the subject extensively in Oxford and Leeds and has written major books on French constitutional law, administrative law and the judicial profession. He has been a visiting professor in Paris and Le Mans.
Simon Whittaker is Fellow and Tutor in Law, St. John's College, Oxford and Professor of European Comparative Law, University of Oxford. He has published widely in the areas of contract and tort law in English law and in French law and on EC legislation harmonizing these areas. He has taught comparative law for over twenty years and has been visiting professor at the Universities of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and Paris II Panthéon Assas. Sophie Boyron is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham, where she teaches French law and public law.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Table of Cases

Table of Legislation

Introduction: The Spirit of French Law John Bell Bell, John Simon Whittaker Whittaker, Simon 1

Pt. I The System

1 Sources of Law John Bell Bell, John Sophie Boyron Boyron, Sophie 13

2 Court Institutions John Bell Bell, John 37

3 Judicial Personnel Sophie Boyron Boyron, Sophie 55

Pt. II The Law

A Procedure 83

4 Legal Procedure 85

1 Civil Procedure Simon Whittaker Whittaker, Simon 85

2 Administrative Procedure Sophie Boyron Boyron, Sophie 118

3 Criminal Procedure John Bell Bell, John 127

B Public Law 141

5 Constitutional Law Sophie Boyron Boyron, Sophie 143

6 Administrative Law John Bell Bell, John 168

7 Criminal Law John Bell Bell, John 201

C Private Law 241

8 Family Law Helen Stalford Stalford, Helen 243

9 Property Law John Bell Bell, John Andrew Bell Bell, Andrew Sophie Boyron Boyron, Sophie 269

10 The Law of Obligations Simon Whittaker Whittaker, Simon 294

11 Commercial Law Andrew Bell Bell, Andrew 453

D Beyond the Public Law/Private Law Dichotomy 481

12 Employment Law Mark Freedland Freedland, Mark 483

Pt. III Studying French Law

13 Bibliographical Guide and Legal Methods Sophie Boyron Boyron, Sophie 517

Index 533

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)