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TheSpecial Issue, which I have had the privilege of editing as a guest editor, offers various perspectives on the functional method of comparative law from Jaakko Husa, Wolfgang Faber, Arthur Salomons, Christine Godt, Sjef van Erp and myself, dealing with more general methodological challenges, as well as national, comparative and European Union property law challenges in this respect.
I hope this special issue can contribute to the debate on the use of the functional method by lawyers in general, as well as raise attention for the dynamic field that property law scholarship has become over the last decade or so. Especially also in the EU context, the field of property law increasingly is becoming more involved. See, in this respect, for example the CJEU’s recentdecisionon the Flemish Decree in Belgium, restricting acquisition of land to persons outside the local Flemish communities.