Harmonisation and the Law – interdisciplinary and comparative enquiries

Researchers:

The research project brings together scholars from several disciplines of the arts and humanities in order to revisit the notion of harmony in a number of contexts. Harmony plays a role in music, architecture, sculpture, philosophy, sociology and many more scholarly disciplines, last but not least in the law where it has acquired a fixed place in legal terminology without ever enjoying a clear definition, though. Harmonisation of laws is often used as a  synonym for uniform law on an international level. Within the EU, it has its most proliferous use in the context of law but has been replaced by the term ‘approximation’ in more recent legislative texts. The researchers in this interdisciplinary co-operation believe, however, that harmonisation, if understood properly, could be a powerful tool in shaping better law and are proposing research with the aim to explore the full potential of harmony and harmonisation for the law by building a new, innovative and interdisciplinary method and meaning of harmonised law. 

Prior work at IALS on this topic has taken place notably at the annual W G Hart Workshop where Professor Mads Andenas of the Centre for Corporate and Finance Law orgnised the workshop theme “Harmonisation of Laws” with Prof Baasch - Andersen in 2010. The published essays which have emanated from this international event serve as a basis and starting point for this new and intensified enquiry.

Events:

Date: Wednesday 5th June 2019, 2-4pm
Title: Harmonisation and the Law – interdisciplinary and comparative enquiries. An interdisciplinary approach to legislative drafting?
Location: IALS

Date: Wednesday 25th Sept 2015, 8-9 pm (European Researchers Night)
Title: “Harmonisation – Music in the Law?” Explorathon Extravangaza
Location: Glasgow Science Centre
Speakers: Dr Maren Heidemann, Dr Simon Desbruslais, Michael Round

Publications:
M Heidemann, 'International Commercial Harmonisation and National Resistance – The Development and Reform of Transnational Commercial Law and its Application within National Legal Culture' in M Andenas and C Baasch Andersen (eds), Theory and Practice of Harmonisation (Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham (UK), Northampton (MA) 2011)

M Andenas and C Baasch Andersen (eds), Theory and Practice of Harmonisation (Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham (UK), Northampton (MA) 2011)

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