10 October 2011

NOTICE: Lerner and Rabello on Israeli (Re-) Codification

The Summer 2011 edition of the American Journal of Comparative Law (AJCL) recently published Pablo Lerner and Alfredo Mordechai Rabello, 'The (Re) Codification of Israeli Private Law: Support for, and Criticism of, the Israeli Draft Civil Law Code'.

Somehow I missed this. I spotted it on the Associazione Italiana di Diritto Comparato (AIDC, the Italian Association of Comparative Law) blog.

The abstract reads:

The drafting of the Israeli Civil Law Code is perhaps the most ambitious legal project—certainly in the area of civil law—undertaken by Israel since the establishment of the state. This Article highlights various aspects of the Draft Israeli Civil Code, demonstrating the manner in which a mixed legal culture undergoes the process of codification and paying particular attention to the relationship between codification and judicial discretion.

The success of the Israeli Civil Law Code depends on a broader understanding of the phenomenon of codification and the acceptance that codification is not an outdated form of law-making but rather a vital and flexible instrument that can be used to achieve a more adaptable and organized private law. Should it be approved as law, the Civil Code will afford a solid basis for a consistent development of Israeli Civil Law. With all its defects and flaws, it reveals the vitality of Israeli legal thinking, a vitality necessary to avoid stagnation and to keep a legal tradition relevant to changes in society.

Note, too, the AJCL's pre-print articles at http://comparativelaw.metapress.com/content/121176/?Content+Status=Accepted.

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