The internationalisation and Europeanisation of national law has proceeded apace in recent decades. This development is, however, only rarely mirrored in the curricula of today’s law faculties.
The first textbook, 'The International Dimensions of Law' aims to break this mould, seeking to help students to understand that legal systems do not only exist and function in their own national context but also within the broader context of law beyond national borders. The authors, Brigitta Lurger and Thomas Thiede provide a clear account of international and European public and private law in order to familiarize future generations of lawyers with international and European law and to analyze the impact of supranational legal systems on the development of national law.
The second book, a collection of texts and materials edited by Thomas Thiede, Bernhard A Koch and Helmut Ortner on private international law and procedure shall fill a gap in the currently available selection of text editions: There seems to be no other bilingual edition of the rules governing conflicts of laws at present that includes the recently enacted EU regulations in this field. A combination of such norms with other materials such as the UN Sales Convention or the ICC Arbitration Rules is equally missing, at least in such compact form. This lacuna was increasingly perceived problematic by the editors in the courses they teach in this area, which led to the decision to produce this publication. The selection was purposefully kept narrow in order to allow students to access both language versions in a handy format.