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The Foundations and Unity of Private Law

Research group The Foundations and Unity of Private Law is a research theme that brings together legal scholars and teachers working with the core questions of private law.

Private law is currently characterized by increasing fragmentation and specific legislation. Legislators, legal practitioners and legal scholars seldom focus on the core questions of private law, adversely affecting the structure and consistency of its application. Additionally, many important questions fall outside the scope of such specific legislation. In this context, there is a need for systematization and focus on developing private law concepts and general principles to develop the foundation and unity of private law. Since national elements of private law is increasingly challenged by European and international developments, there is an increasing need to understand the foundations of private law in a European and global legal culture. Overall, there is a need to develop the foundations and unity of private law, both for private law as a whole and for the specific questions within its different subdisciplines.

The research theme gather researchers, PhD students and teachers who work in different ways with issues concerning the foundations of private law, that are interested in the unity of private law, or are trying to understand the foundations of private law in a changing legal environment.

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Head of research

Jan Leidö
Associate professor


Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Law

Research area