Principles of French Law / Edition 2

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Overview


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.

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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.

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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

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