A short history of european law is a valuable and original book simona cerutti ecole des hautes etudes en sciences sociales paris in this fresh and sometimes surprising book herzog acknowledges the worldwide impact of european legal history without ever becoming eurocentric. The european unions law is based on a codified set of laws laid down in the treaties law in the eu is however mixed with precedent in case law of the european court of justice in accordance with its history the interpretation of european law relies less on policy considerations than us law supranational law council of europe. A history of european law charts the development of law in europe from its medieval origins to the present day it examines the transformation within european societies from a medieval understanding of law centred around the role of the church and the local community towards one in which law was codified and set apart as an expression of the centralized secular authority of the state. Historians have routinely divided european legal history into many pieces they distinguished an english from a continental law and they often proceeded to describe national legal spheres even in periods which pre dated the emergence of nation states
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