Published online by Cambridge University Press: 30 March 2019
Some groundwork is necessary before one can delve into conceptual, legal, and policy questions surrounding general issues of private international law in the context of the EU.
The first chapter in this part addresses questions of method. Why even approach the present topic from a comparative perspective? What kind of perspective is this? How does it deal with the various difficulties of taking into account the law of 28 states?
The next chapter then provides an overview of the legislative and scholarly material upon which Part II in particular relies. Short country reports summarise the situation of private international law in the different member states. Does domestic private international law — or at least its treatment by the cognoscenti – already reflect a distinction between ‘general’ and ‘special’ issues? If so, to what extent? Finally, with regard to EU private international law itself: is it possible to observe in it at least incunabula of any such systematisation?