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Book presentation: 5th edition of Introduction to Dutch Law

On 22 April the 5th edition of the book Introduction to Dutch Law (edited by Jeroen Chorus, Ewoud Hondius and Wim Voermans) was presented to dr. Geert Corstens, former president of the Dutch Supreme Court.

During his speech dr. Corstens discussed the different merits of the book. Introduction to Dutch Law serves as a recognised legal resource, since its first edition in 1978, providing an excellent overview of Dutch law for foreign lawyers. The current 5th edition fully updates the systematic survey of the legal sources, institutions and concepts in all major fields of Dutch law. It also deals with the with the historical roots of the system, legal theory and philosophy and socio-legal aspects of Dutch Law. Most recent developments are also covered and include, for instance, the progressive implementation of standards set by international conventions, the reorganization of the judiciary, the statute on environmental law and the (re)codification of private international law. The continuing influence of European law is evident in many fields, most notably in family law.

Professor Wim Voermans was co-editor and authored the chapter on Constitutional Law. Together with Rowie Stolk he also authored the chapter on Judicial Organization.

Like previous editions, the Fifth Edition has been prepared under the auspices of the Netherlands Comparative Law Association. The book was presented at the occasion of the annual meeting of the Association in Utrecht.

The book is published by Wolters Kluwer in the Netherlands.

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