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Because the EU said so? Rethinking the Concept of Harmonisation
  This article debunks the claim that European harmonisation initiatives are made in Brussels behind closed doors and are detached from national realities and domestic practices. This article demonstrates that there is an underlying misunderstanding surrounding the concept of harmonisation, which primarily stems from an incorrect use of different terms, in particular 'harmonisation', 'approximation' and 'convergence'. The field of European cross-border insolvency and rescue law is used as a case study to reveal that in this particular legal field, harmonisation initiatives have mostly stemmed from bottom-up regulatory methods, rather than strict top-down measures.

  • Type:

    Conference Paper (unpublished)

  • Date:

    04 September 2018

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  • Funders:

    Historic Funder (pre-Worktribe)


Ghio, E. (2018, September). Because the EU said so? Rethinking the Concept of Harmonisation. Paper presented at Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, London


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