National Legal Systems and Globalization

New Role, Continuing Relevance

  • Pierre Larouche
  • Péter Cserne

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Pierre Larouche, Péter Cserne
    Pages 1-5
  3. Convergence and Divergence: The Continuing Relevance of National Legal Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Filomena Chirico, Pierre Larouche
      Pages 9-33
    3. Filomena Chirico, Eric van Damme, Pierre Larouche
      Pages 35-43
  4. New Institutions, Common Principles

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Saskia Lavrijssen, Leigh Hancher
      Pages 183-220
  5. New Models for National Legal Systems in a Global World

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 245-245
    2. Pierre Larouche
      Pages 289-310
    3. Angela Maria Noguera
      Pages 311-343
    4. Maartje de Visser, Monica Claes
      Pages 345-368
  6. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 369-369
    2. Pierre Larouche, Péter Cserne
      Pages 371-383
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 385-388

About this book


For the researchers involved in this book, the prospects of national law seemed less dire than is usually acknowledged. The project team shows that globalization, instead of threatening national legal systems, puts them in a new role and gives them continuing relevance. First of all, once one takes a more functional view of the law, based on law and economics and comparative law literature, harmonization or unification of national legal systems is no longer a foregone conclusion. Secondly, fundamental constitutional principles continue to bear in the era of multi-level and transnational governance: they become governance principles, divorced from specific institutional settings. Finally, looking beyond regulatory competition and comparative law, legal emulation provides a rich and fruitful model to explain the interplay between legal systems. This book explores these three themes, both at a theoretical level and in the light of specific examples. It sheds a new light on the fate of national legal systems, with a more optimistic outlook. Researchers and practitioners alike will experience how this research project brings us a step forward in the understanding of the evolution of national legal systems in the globalization era.

 The research for this book, in which a team of experts in comparative law and law and economics took part, was commissioned and funded by HiiL (The Hague, the Netherlands), as a project named Convergence and divergence of national legal systems: coping with the challenges of globalization. It was carried out at the Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC) of Tilburg University (the Netherlands) under the direction of Pierre Larouche.

 Pierre Larouche is Professor of Competition Law at Tilburg University and a founding director of TILEC. Péter Cserne is now Senior Lecturer in law, University of Hull (United Kingdom) and an extramural fellow of TILEC.


Comparative law European private law Globalization Law and economics National law

Editors and affiliations

  • Pierre Larouche
    • 1
  • Péter Cserne
    • 2
  1. 1., Tilburg Law SchoolTilburg UniversityTilburgNetherlands
  2. 2., Hull Law SchoolUniversity of HullHullUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information T.M.C. ASSER PRESS, The Hague, The Netherlands, and the author(s) 2013
  • Publisher Name T.M.C. Asser Press, The Hague, The Netherlands
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-90-6704-884-2
  • Online ISBN 978-90-6704-885-9
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