Studies of the Oxford Institute of European and Comparative Law is a series published by Hart Publishing which presents the research conducted at the Institute.


The 22nd volume in the series is Passing Wealth on Death. Will-Substitutes in Comparative Perspective, edited by Alexandra Braun and Anne Röthel. Wealth can be transferred on death in a number of different ways, most commonly by will. Yet a person can also use a variety of other means to benefit someone on death. Examples include donationes mortis causa, joint tenancies, trusts, life-insurance and retirement plans. In the US, these modes of transfer are grouped under the category of 'will-substitutes' and are generally treated as testamentary dispositions. Much as been written about the effect of the use of will-substitutes in the US, but little is generally known about developments in other jurisdictions. For the first time, this collection of contributions looks at will-substitutes from a comparative perspective. It examines mechanisms that pass wealth on death across a number of common law, civil law and mixed legal jurisdictions, and explores the rationale behind their use. It analyses them from different viewpoints, including those of owners of businesses, investors, as well as creditors, family members and dependants. The aims of the volume are to show the complexity and dynamics of wealth transfer on death across jurisdictions, to identify patterns between jurisdictions, and to report the attitudes towards the different modes of tranfer in light of their utility and the potential frictions they give rise to with policies and principles underpinning current laws. A list of contributors can be found here.


The Images of the Consumer in EU Law, edited by Dorota Leczykiewicz and Stephen Weatherill, is the 21st book in the Series. This book consists of contributions exploring from different perspectives the ‘images’ of the consumer in EU law. The images of the consumer form the foundation for various EU policies, more or less directly oriented towards the goal of consumer protection. The purpose of the volume is to establish what visions of the consumer there are in different contexts of EU law, whether they are consistent and whether EU law’s engagement with consumer-related considerations is sincere, or merely instrumental to the achievement of other goals. The chapters discuss how consumers should be protected in EU contract, competition, free movement and trade mark law. They reflect on the limits of the consumer empowerment rationale as the basis for EU consumer policy. The chapters look also at the variety of concerns consumers might have, including the cost of goods and services, access to credit, ethical questions of consumption, the challenges of excessive choice and the possibility to influence the content of regulatory measures and explore the significance of these issues for the EU’s legislative and judicial process. A list of contributors can be found here.



Draft Ordonnance for the Reform of the Law of Contract, the General Regime of Obligations, and Proof of Obligations. Translation of the proposed new text by J. Cartwright, B. Fauvarque-Cosson and S. Whittaker


Trends in Retail Competition: Report of the 11th Annual Symposium on Competition Amongst Retailers and Suppliers. Report of the symposium held in May 2015


European Legal Studies is a series of volumes edited jointly with the European Legal Studies Institute, Osnabrück, the Molengraaff Institute, Utrecht, the Amsterdam Institute for Private Law, and the Institut für Zivilrecht, Ausländisches und Internationales Privatrecht, Graz.


The Oxford University Comparative Law Forum is a freely accessible online journal published under the auspices of the Institute. Sponsored by CMS Hasche Sigle, it seeks to promote the study and discussion of legal issues from a comparative perspective by publishing academic writing and by providing discussion groups.