Many Legal Orders, One Law

Francis G. Jacobs

in Proceedings of the British Academy Volume 167, 2009 Lectures

Published by British Academy

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780197264775
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734984 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Many Legal Orders, One Law

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This chapter presents the text of a lecture on legal orders in Europe given at the British Academy's 2008 Law Lecture. This text suggests that developments in European and international law make it increasingly hard to sustain the view that a single system of law operates within each sovereign territory. It explains that in Europe, different legal orders seem to coexist, in relation to the same issues, within the same legal space; and questions constantly arise about which law is to prevail.

Keywords: legal orders; Europe; European law; international law; sovereign territory; legal space

Chapter.  14938 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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