EU Optional Instruments
PhD student: Dr W. Bull
Promotor: Prof J.M. Smits
Duration: 1/6/2011 - 31/5/2015
PhD defence: Maastricht, 12/5/2016
This research project focuses on existing and proposed optional instruments in different fields of European law, including contract law, company law and intellectual property law (such as the proposed European contract code, the Societas Europaea and the EU trade mark respectively), with a view to investigating the benefits and disadvantages of creating optional private law at European level, and to what extent these differ depending on the particular optional instrument in question. Ultimately, it will seek to determine whether and in what ways such optional EU law provides a viable and desirable alternative to top-down harmonisation in the quest for greater uniformity in European private law.