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French LawA Comparative Approach$
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Eva Steiner

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198790884

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198790884.001.0001

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(p.25) 2 Codification
French Law

Eva Steiner

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the process of codification a process which has been accelerated in recent years following the setting up of a Commission Supérieure de Codification in 1989. Today's codes are aimed at clarifying, and making more accessible, law which has become more complex owing to the increasing number of statutes in particular areas. The most common current method of codification used is the restatement in one place of the law in a particular area which was previously to be found scattered in different documents. The Commission, meanwhile, has not only introduced a number of new codes but also redesigned existing ones found to be in need of reshaping. These codes are the result of the work carried out by ministries involved in the task of producing a draft in their relevant area. It is clear that, today, codification is less an ideological enterprise than a technical exercise.

Keywords:   codification, Commission Supérieure de Codification, restatement, codification methods and techniques, compilation, consolidation, codification-reform

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