French Administrative Law: L. Neville Brown, John S. Bell with the Assistance of Jean-Michel Galabert

French Administrative Law: L. Neville Brown, John S. Bell with the Assistance of Jean-Michel Galabert

French Administrative Law: L. Neville Brown, John S. Bell with the Assistance of Jean-Michel Galabert

French Administrative Law: L. Neville Brown, John S. Bell with the Assistance of Jean-Michel Galabert

Synopsis

As the bicentenary of the Conseil d'¿tat approaches, this new edition of the leading English-language text provides a detailed profile of the Conseil and offers an up-to-date overview of le droit administratif, which is regarded, alongside the Code Napol¿on, as the most notable achievement of French legal science. The Conseil d'¿tat is taken as a model for many administrative systems in Europe and beyond, and it continues to exercise a strong influence upon the emerging democracies of Eastern Europe and the Third World. The eleven expanded appendices, including statistics, model pleadings and other illustrations, provide an invaluable and accessible source of information on the French administrative courts, their procedure and case-load. Throughout the approach is comparative, with frequent references to developments in United Kingdom administrative law and in the EC institutions. The book will be an invaluable guide to all students of French law and comparative public law.

Excerpt

Although it is less than 5 years since the publication of the Fourth Edition of this book, our publishers told us some time ago of the dwindling stocks of that edition and the need for its replacement.

We responded readily to this request for this and other reasons. We were aware that, while the three-tier structure of the French administrative court was now firmly in place, there had been constant development and refinement of the case-law of those courts, especially of the Conseil d'Etat. Again, the accelerating legal integration of Europe consequent upon the Treaty on European Union signed in February 1992 has had its impact in France as in the United Kingdom. Moreover, the growing number of courses relating to French law in British law schools made it desirable to keep up to date our account of contemporary droit administratif.

As our final text was being settled, we were much saddened by the death of Emeritus Professor J. F. Garner who had co-authored the first three editions and brought to the book comparative insights drawn from his knowledge of English administrative law and practice. It is fitting that this edition be dedicated to his memory.

We have again had the constant assistance of Jean-Michel Galabert, a President of Section of the Conseil d'Etat, who has perused our entire text and the appendices; his comments and corrections have been invaluable.

We express our gratitude to M. R. Denoix de Saint Marc, Vice- President of the Conseil d'Etat, and to Mme M. de Boisdeffre, Secretary-General of the Conseil, for welcoming us to the Palais- Royal and for their ready agreement to our using and reproducing materials and statistics from the Rapports Publics of the Conseil d'Etat as well as other documents issued by the Conseil.

L.N.B.
J.S.B.
October 1997 . . .

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