About the Maastricht Journal

Recent decades have seen an intensified unification and harmonisation of the law within European countries. This convergence results not only from norms adopted within the framework of the European Communities, the Council of Europe and other important European and international organisations, but also from the parallel evolution of neighbouring legal systems attempting to cope with similar problems.

This tendency has led to an increased Europeanisation of the study of law. There is a growing need to examine the common legal tradition and heritage in Europe as well as the remaining diversity. Academics and practitioners will only fully appreciate this new dimension if they familiarise themselves with the concept of `Ius Commune Europaeum' and use it to develop a common set of tools with which to analyse the similarities and differences between legal systems. This will add depth to research being carried out and provide a greater insight to existing and developing legislation and policy at both the national and European levels.

The Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law
provides literature which enables both the European professional and academic lawyer to grapple with the special difficulties presented by the concept of Ius commune Europaeum.

The Maastricht Journal gives a deeper understanding of the extent to which there are common strands in law shared by the countries of Europe. The journal is not, however, a battle horse in the fight for legal uniformity, but a forum in which reflection and dialogue can take place about the new legal pluralism in Europe, its new unity, and the strong elements of diversity which remain.

The Maastricht Journal consists of contributions from leading academics in the form of:

- Articles providing an in-depth analysis of either EC or international law, or studying a particular problem from a comparative approach, and considering the issues from the perspective of ius commune Europaeum.
- Articles surveying recent developments and examining developments in an area of law in a number of European countries. These will cover both Community and national initiatives and legislation.

- Case notes of important Community and national decisions of significance in a number of countries, placing the issues in a comparative perspective.

- Book reviews covering a broad range of literature in a field of interest to the comparative or Community lawyer, and always bearing in mind the relevance of the works within the framework of the study of the common law of Europe.