October 18, 2011

European lawyers – Week 3


©Morten Morland

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As I focused in my first blog entry, the history of European Law is from a tremendous importance when we talk about developments of it in the future. Further research and reading brought me to the conclusion that a Common Civil Code may not be a feasible way towards a harmonisation of this area. Today I rather want to stress the academic tendency to form what they call "European lawyers", lawyers who can cope with the lack of harmonisation. As we feel privileged to take part in our ICP-program the Humboldt University, King's College London and the University Paris II have recently started a common degree for the "European Lawyer". Academia answers the problems, which aren't resolved by politics! Centuries ago, the University of Florence has been a European centre of Law studies, awarding degrees to scholars who came from all over Europe to study there and then went back to their native countries to apply the "European common principles" of law regarding the ius commune. The new programs as ICP or the Humboldt European Law School seem to have the same aim. It is certainly a good approach! But can't we expect more from a globalized world and especially from a "Europe without borders"? I think, yes. Academia has certainly merited our support and is on a good way. But in my view, now it's up to politics to answer!

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