Pedro A. de Miguel Asensio and Jean-Sylvestre Bergé, The Place of International agreements and European Law in the European Code of Private International Law, CEJEC WP-2011/4
Working paper – The final version will be published in S. POILLOT-PERUZZETTO (DIR.), « QUELLE ARCHITECTURE POUR UN CODE EUROPÉEN DE DROIT INTERNATIONAL PRIVÉ ? », PETER LANG, À PARAÎTRE
In the context of the European Union, the recent term « codification » receives two meanings. The codification method applied to European Union law implies merely that several different texts are gathered in a single body of rules. It may also incorporate case-law into European Union law. In the field of Private International Law, the codification method may involve different type of work. As in National law, the method ranges from compiling pre-existing texts to the drafting of a genuine Code including common provisions and specific ones.
In any case, the work of codification must be able to cope with the difficult issue of interactions between the instruments of European Union Private International Law, the International Conventions and European Union law. According to the authors, such interactions in the European context implies distinguishing on the one hand, the fate of International Conventions as an external source of European Union law, and, on the other hand, the fate of European Union law as internal sources.