This insightful book, with contributions from leading international scholars, examines the European model of social justice in private law that has developed over the 20th century.
The first set of articles is devoted to the relationship between corrective, commutative, procedural and social justice, more particularly the role and function of commutative justice in contrast to social justice. The second section brings together scholars who discuss the relationship between constitutional order, the values enshrined in the constitutional order and the impact of constitutional values on private law relations. The third section focuses on the impact of socio-economic developments within the EU and within selected Member States on the proprietary order of the EU, on the role and function of the emerging welfare state and the judiciary, as well as on nation state specific patterns of social justice. The final section tests the hypothesis to what extent patterns of social justice are context related and differ in-between labour, consumer and competition law.
The Many Concepts of Social Justice in European Private Law will prove to be of great interest to academics of law, as well as to private lawyers and European policymakers.
‘The Many Concepts of Social Justice in European Private Law may be appreciated not only for placing the understanding of national and European concepts and conceptions of social justice in their historical, socio-economic, and cultural contexts. It also, and maybe just as importantly, invites the reader to reflect on his or her own concept(s) and conceptions of justice for European private law.’ – Chantal Mak, Yearbook of European Law
‘Does European regulatory private law offer a genuine model of justice for society? Beyond its initial libertarian focus on economic integration through the market citizen, might it now serve the social inclusion of the vulnerable? In the wake of Hans Micklitz’s inspired and relentless pursuit of meaning within the ongoing constitutionalization of private law relationships, this rich collection explores the implications of new, specifically European, forms of access rights, which ensure (horizontally and vertically) enforceable and non-discriminatory opportunity for market participation.’ – Horatia Muir Watt, Sciences Po Law School, France
Contributors: C. Chwaszcza, H. Collins, K.J. Cseres, A. Dyevre, P. Letto-Vanamo, U. Mattei, H.-W. Micklitz, M.-A. Moreau, E.-U. Petersmann, H. Rösler, W. Sadurski, B. Schüller, R. Sefton-Green, A. Somma, C. Torp, C. Willett