Ius Gentium: Comparative Perspectives on Law and Justice

Federalism and Legal Unification

A Comparative Empirical Investigation of Twenty Systems

Editors: Halberstam, Daniel, Reimann, Mathias W (Eds.)

  • The first comprehensive study of federalism and legal unification
  • Includes surprising findings that should make scholars rethink their abandonment of the civil/law common/law distinction in comparative law
  • Endorsed by the International Academy of Comparative Law, the world's premier association for the study of comparative law​
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About this book

How and to what degree do federations produce uniform law within their system?  This comparative empirical study addresses these questions comprehensively for the first time.  Originally produced under the auspices of the International Academy of Comparative Law, this volume examines legal unification in twenty federations around the world. 

Each of the successive chapters presents the forces of unification through the lens of a particular federal system.  A comparative overview chapter provides a detailed analysis of the overall results with compelling visual illustrations of legal unification along different dimensions (e.g. by area of law; by federation; by civil vs common law system).  The overview chapter summarizes and analyzes the means and methods of legal unification and the degree of legal unification of each system, and explains the driving forces of legal unity and diversity in federations more generally. 

The volume presents surprising findings that should make scholars rethink their abandonment of the civil law vs. common law distinction in comparative law. ​


This book is a milestone in the study of federalism. It is a rare and welcome melding of comparative law and comparative politics using both original data and qualitative analysis. Wide-ranging, probing, and definitive, this book is an invaluable resource for students of law, politics, and multi-level governance.

Gary Marks, Burton Craige Professor, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Chair in Multilevel Governance, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Table of contents (20 chapters)

  • Federalism and Legal Unification: Comparing Methods, Results, and Explanations Across 20 Systems

    Halberstam, Daniel (et al.)

    Pages 3-67

  • The Argentine Federal Legislative System

    Vítolo, Alfredo M.

    Pages 71-85

  • The Australian Federation: A Story of the Centralization of Power

    Saunders, Cheryl (et al.)

    Pages 87-102

  • Federalism and Legal Unification in Austria

    Gamper, Anna M. (et al.)

    Pages 103-119

  • Belgium: A Broken Marriage?

    Verbeke, Alain-Laurent (et al.)

    Pages 121-151

Buy this book

eBook $139.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-7398-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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Hardcover $179.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-007-7397-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $179.00
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  • Due: November 4, 2016
  • ISBN 978-94-024-0709-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Federalism and Legal Unification
Book Subtitle
A Comparative Empirical Investigation of Twenty Systems
Editors
  • Daniel Halberstam
  • Mathias W Reimann
Series Title
Ius Gentium: Comparative Perspectives on Law and Justice
Series Volume
28
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-7398-1
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-7398-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-7397-4
Softcover ISBN
978-94-024-0709-9
Series ISSN
1534-6781
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 559
Number of Illustrations and Tables
7 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
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