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February 6, 2006

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Allegra Young, UT Law, (512) 471-7330.

UT Law Acquires Its First Series of Textbooks on Foreign and Transnational Law

Cover of The French Civil Code
Cover of The French Civil Code
by Jean-Louis Halperin


Cover of Judicial Recourse to Foreign Law
Cover of Judicial Recourse to Foreign Law
by Sir Basil Markesinis and Dr. Jörg Fedtke.

AUSTIN, Texas — The Institute of Transnational Law at The University of Texas at Austin has reached an agreement with Rutledge Cavendish to launch a new series of textbooks and monographs on foreign and transnational law. This is the first time that The University of Texas acquires a law series of its own. The series was authorized by Dean (now President Bill Powers) and is supported by a grant made by the M. D. Anderson Foundation of Houston to UT’s Institute of Transnational Law, following an initiative taken by Mr Gibson Gayle.

The series will be known as the UT Studies in Foreign and Transnational Law. The first two titles which will appear in February 2006 are The French Civil Code by Jean-Louis Halperin, and translated by Tony Weir and Judicial Recourse to Foreign Law: A New Source of Inspiration? by Sir Basil Markesinis and Dr. Jörg Fedtke. Markesinis holds the Jamail Regents Chair in Law at UT Law and Fedtke is a visiting professor at the Law School. Professor Halperin is a professor at the prestigious École Normale Supérieure, one of the famous “Grandes Écoles” of France.

Judicial Recourse to Foreign Law began life as the Eason Weinmann Lecture delivered by Sir Basil Markesinis at the Tulane Law School in March 2005 under the title "The Judge as Comparativist." Covering for the first time private as well as public law, Judicial Recourse to Foreign Law analyses in great detail court decisions and literature from the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, South Africa, Canada, and the European Union in order to determine the approach judges take in the use of comparative law. Drawing on this material, the author, joined by Dr. Jörg Fedtke, seeks to find common ground between radically differing views about the desirability of judicial discourse across national borders and to present a methodological framework within which foreign law can make a meaningful contribution to the world of legal practice.

The French Civil Code charts the formation of the French Civil Code, examining both the public and private effects. It analyses the Code using contemporary and modern sources, including a very beautiful and concise extract from H. A. L. Fisher’s History of Europe which gives an English historian’s appraisal of Napoleon’s contribution to the Code civil. It has been translated into English by Tony Weir, Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge.

The next two books in the series will by Ambassador Alain Plantey, former President of the French Academy and Justice at France’s Supreme Administrative Court. Its title is International Negotiations. The fourth book will be Professors Alpa and Zenokovitch (both of the University of Rome) entitled Elements of Italian Private Law. Four more books are in various stages of preparation and should follow at regular intervals.

Sir Basil and Dr Fedtke will be the editors of the series and are interested to consider proposals from potential authors willing to contribute to the subject matter covered by the series.

About the Institute for Transnational Law:

UT's Institute for Transnational Law was set up by the Law School to enhance the teaching and research of foreign and comparative law at UT, to help build international contacts for the Law School, and to increase student exchanges between UT and other major law schools.

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