Private Law Codifications in Belgium

  • Dirk HeirbautEmail author
  • Matthias E. Storme
Part of the Ius Gentium: Comparative Perspectives on Law and Justice book series (IUSGENT, volume 32)


As Belgium received its codifications from Napoleon, this chapter does not focus on the history of these codifications but on the history of private law since these codifications. It tells the story of the lack of recodification (except for civil procedure) and the updating of private law inside or outside the code and tries to explain why new rules were placed inside or outside. It further discusses shortly the role new legislation and case law have played in the process of adapting private law. Specific sections are devoted to the fate of a separate commercial code and the question of codification of consumer law.


Belgium Civil Code Codification Private law Decodification Current role of the Civil Code 

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Legal Theory and Legal HistoryUniversiteit GentGhentBelgium
  2. 2.Institute for Commercial and Insolvency LawKatholieke Universiteit Leuven Law SchoolFlandersBelgium

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