Comparative Law and European Harmonisation - a Match Made in Heaven or Uneasy Bedfellows?

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Developing the controversy indicated in the heading, this article will proceed as follows. It establishes a notion of critical comparative law, by showing how comparative law may be capable of providing critique and analysis of law-making through judicial and legislative activity at a European level. This is followed by an exemplary discussion of how comparative law is actually used in relation to European harmonisation through case law, legislation and “soft law”. The question will then be asked whether and how these uses would change under a critical approach to comparative law. The discussion will focus on industrial relations and equality law.
In both fields, recent ECJ case law has proved controversial: This article submits that such controversy could partly be avoided by making better use of critical comparative law in deciding cases and in choosing adequate forms and content of legislation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-225
Number of pages22
JournalEuropean Business Law Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • Comparative Law
  • EU Harmonisation


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