Comparative Law and the Europeanization of Private Law

Reinhard Zimmermann

in The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Law

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780199296064
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Law

Comparative Law and the Europeanization of Private Law


The gradual emergence of a European private law is one of the most significant contemporary legal developments. Comparative law scholarship has played an important role in this process and will continue to do so. This article discusses the Europeanization of private law as a new and challenging task for comparative law. The second section considers the Europeanization of private law, describing the creation of the European Union and the role of the European Court of Justice. The third section discusses European legal scholarship. The fourth section cites the contributions of comparative law. The last two sections discuss current and future trends for the European private law.

Keywords: private law; legal unification; Europeanization; legal developments; European legal scholarship; European Union

Article.  18927 words. 

Subjects: Law ; Comparative Law

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