Vol. 11.3, December 2007


EDITORIAL


General Reports to the XVIIth International Congress of Comparative Law

Some time ago, the general reports to the XVIth International Congress of Comparative Law were published in print.* The congress was organised by the Faculty of Law of Utrecht University under the auspices of the International Academy of Comparative Law (http://www.iuscomparatum.org/AIDC) and the Netherlands Comparative Law Association (http://www.ejcl.org/general/nvvrhome.html).

As agreed upon with the publishers – Eleven International Publishing (http://www.elevenpub.com/Eleven/HomeEleven.aspx) and Bruylant (http://www.bruylant.be) – we now publish all 35 reports electronically in this issue of the Electronic Journal of Comparative Law. I am very grateful to both publishing houses for allowing us to do this and for the editorial assistance provided by Selma Hoedt of Eleven International Publishing. Although, as a rule, we do not run material previously published elsewhere, we do occasionally make an exception in order to make such material more accessible to comparative law researchers (e.g., the Dutch national reports to the world congresses of 2002 (http://www.ejcl.org/64/contents64.html) and 2006 (http://www.ejcl.org/111/reports111.html).

In previous editorials (e.g., 'Why Are General Comparative Law Conferences Still Useful?' in EJCL vol. 8.2 (June 2004), http://www.ejcl.org/82/editor82.html), I argued that general congresses of comparative law, despite a development towards specialisation in the area of comparative legal studies, can still be very stimulating. I believe that the general reports to the XVIIth International Congress of Comparative Law are a case in point.

On a final note, I would like to mention that the next international congress will be held in Washington, D.C. in late July 2010 and will be hosted by the law schools of American University (http://www.wcl.american.edu), Georgetown University (http://www.law.georgetown.edu) and George Washington University (http://www.law.gwu.edu). It will be an occasion to look forward to and we will keep our readers informed!

Sjef van Erp,
Editor-in-Chief
President of the Netherlands Comparative Law Association


Note

* General Reports of the XVIIth Congress of the International Academy of Comparative Law - Rapports généraux XVII Congrès international du droit comparé, Katharina Boele-Woelki & Sjef van Erp (eds.), Utrecht: Eleven International Publishing (ISBN 978-90-77596-19-7) & Brussels: Bruylant (ISBN 978-2-8027-2394), 2007, xvi + 1037 pp., EUR 95 (softbound).




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