French law displays many characteristics that set it apart in a world
class of its own. It can be said to proceed from a number of independent
streams that coexist despite apparent contradiction. More than half of the
2283 articles of the famous Code Civile of 1804 remain unaltered; yet French
administrative judges jealously guard their prerogative to create their own
public law. And yet again, since the 1974 law empowering the legislature to
convene the Constitutional Council that judges the constitutionality of laws
under the 1958 Constitution, the courts’ distinction between ‘rules’ and
‘fundamental principles’ has grown steadily—a process that has been greatly
accelerated since the 2003 law authorizing the government to ‘simplify the
Introduction to French Law is a very practical book that makes clear
sense out of the complex results of the complex bodies of law that govern the
most important fields of law and legal practice in France today. Seventeen
chapters, each written by a distinguished French legal scholar, cover the
following field in substantive and procedural detail, with lucid explanations
of French law in the following fields:
• Constitutional Law
• European Union Law
• Administrative Law
• Criminal Law
• Property Law
• Intellectual Property Law
• Contract Law
• Tort Liability
• Family Law
• Inheritance Law
• Civil Procedure
• Company Law
• Competition Law
• Labour Law
• Tax Law
• Private International Law
A book that is both a useful guide for practitioners and a comprehensive
survey of French law (with no sacrifice of rationale or theory),
Introduction to French Law has no peers. It is sure to spend more time in
briefcases or on desks than on the shelf.
General Introduction; R. Drago. 1. Constitutional Law;
M. Troper. 2. European Union Law; J. Dutheil de la Rochère.
3. Administrative Law; G.A. Bermann & E. Picard. 4.
Criminal Law; J. Pradel. 5. Criminal Procedure; J. Pradel.
6. Property Law; L. Aynès. 7. Intellectual Property
Law; P. Sirinelli. 8. Contract Law; D. Tallon.
9. Tort Liability; G. Viney. 10. Family Law; C.
Labrusse-Riou. 11. Inheritance Law; M. Goré. 12.
Civil Procedure; L. Cadiet & S. Amrani Mekki. 13.
Company Law; Y. Guyon. 14. Competition Law; L. Vogel.
15. Labour Law; F. Gaudu. 16. Tax Law; C. David.
17. Private International Law; B. Audit.