Subsequent contributions aim at discussing the scientific as well as the practical perception and application of French, and particularly Napoleonic law in 19th century Europe.
Even though the introduction of the French codes - we are celebrating their bicentenary these years- affected the individul countries differently, it was the beginning of a new, decisive phase of legal life in each of them.
During the last years, European science of history analysed the heritage of French law in various studies. Nevertheless, many questions remain for discussion. In particular, the concrete influence of French law on the origins of contemporary European laws.
We did not intend to achieve a common interpretation of the relation between Napoleonic law and its 'offsprings'. Our more modest approach is to reassess, or to deconstruct, single aspects of hitherto existing understandings. In doing so, we would like to place particular emphasis on the characteristics of the extension of French law.
Single studies should reflect on the French law as a paradigm while looking at necessary concrete historic findings, emphasising the difference of perspectives and realisations.
Dealing with this subject, Forum Historiae Iuris wants to gain a common European viewpoint by considering national characteristics threefoldly: personally - legal historians research traditions which shaped their own thinking-, perspectively - national traditions reflect the way of looking at processes of perception and application -, methodically - various methods of contemporary European legal history are considered.
In this sense, we address our academic readers with the invitation to contribute to this European dialogue.