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The Regulation of Administrative Procedures in Europe: A Historical and Comparative Perspective

2020 / Vol. 32, No. 1, (115)
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The Regulation of Administrative Procedures in Europe:
A Historical and Comparative Perspective

Giacinto della Cananea

Professor of law, Bocconi University (Milan); principal investigator,
ERC research project on the “Common Core of European Administrative Laws” (advanced grant n. 694697-COCEAL)

The adoption of new Administrative Procedures Acts by other Member States of the EU, as well as the proposal to codify the administrative procedures of the EU itself have fueled the debate about codification. This paper begins by discussing some issues in methodology, arguing that both analogies and differences between national legal systems are relevant and must, therefore, be examined and explained. History and comparison will thus be combined. The focus then shifts on existing APAs, with a view to examining their common and distinctive traits and to explain them and thus to make sense of what might be more than a common trend, though not (yet) a common tradition.

Ladoption de nouvelles lois sur les procédures administratives (APA) par dautres Etats membres de lUE ainsi que la proposition de codifier les procédures administratives de lUE elle-même ont alimenté le débat sur la codification. Le présent document commence par examiner certaines questions de méthodologie, en faisant valoir que tant les analogies que les différences entre les systèmes juridiques nationaux sont pertinentes et doivent donc être examinées et expliquées. Lhistoire et la comparaison seront ainsi combinées. Laccent est ensuite mis sur les APA existants, en vue dexaminer leurs caractéristiques communes et distinctives et de les expliquer et donc de donner un sens à ce qui pourrait être plus quune tendance commune, bien quil ne s'agisse pas (encore) dune tradition commune.

* I thank Jean-Bernard Auby, Sabino Cassese and Patricia Jonason for their helpful comments on a first draft. I am, however, responsible for any error or omission.

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