Between Sustainability and Transformation: A Law and Economics Approach to the Use of Soft Law in the European Union

Thursday, July 13, 2017
John McIntyre - Room 201 (University of Glasgow)
Petra Lea Lancos , Deutsches Forschungsinstitut für Öffentliche Verwaltung
The Law and Economics approach provides new insight into issues of legislative choice in the European Union, offering a model outside the framework of traditional legal analysis. According to the main thesis of Law and Economics, there is a tendency of a gradual convergence between the rules of different legal systems pertaining to societies demonstrating a similar level of social and economic development, implying that the socioeconomic status of the states determine the development and nature of their legal systems. [1]While economic cooperation and competition will lead to legislative convergence and the emergence of homogenous transnational ʻenablingʼ law, soft law will be introduced in areas where social values and interests call for a greater measure of flexibility and/or legislative experimenting. The proposed paper will analyze the development of European media law and the use of soft law from a Law and Economics perspective.[2]

[1] Ugo Mattei – Francesco Pulitini: A Competitive Model of Legal Rules. In: Abert Breton et al (ed.): The Competitive State: Villa Colombella Papers on Competitive Politics. Kluwer, 1991. Anthony Ogus: Competition between National Legal Systems. The International and Comparative Law Quarterly, 48:1999:2. Roger Van den Bergh: Towards an Institutional Legal Framework for Regulatory Competition in Europe. Kyklos, 53:2000:4.

[2] Petra Lea Láncos – András Koltay: Versenyhelyzetek az európai médiajogban – A TWFD a jogrendszerek versenyének közgazdaságtani megközelítésében. PLWP 2015/17.

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