Paula Giliker, ‘The Influence of EU and European Human Rights Law on English Private Law’

Abstract:
This article examines the extent to which EU and European human rights law, following the enactment of the European Communities Act 1972 and the Human Rights Act 1998, have changed the manner in which English courts use comparative law in the private law field. Despite legislative intervention rendering EU law part of the national legal system and requiring the courts ‘to take into account’ the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights, there remains evidence that private law courts retain a preference for comparisons within the common law world. This article will examine, with reference to a number of recent empirical studies, the reasons for this position and what this signifies in terms of future comparative law reasoning.

Paula Giliker, The Influence of EU and European Human Rights Law on English Private Law. International and Comparative Law Quarterly / Volume 64 / Issue 02 / April 2015, pp 237-265. Published online: 30 April 2015.

First posted 2015-05-01 06:03:26

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