Capital, I argue in ‘The Code of Capital: How the Law Creates Wealth and Inequality’, is coded in law. Legal coding is a process that adapts and molds formal law over time, often without explicit ex ante sanctioning by a legislature or a court. Several characteristics of formal law make it susceptible to coding, including its inherent incompleteness, the strong endorsement for private autonomy, and decentralised access to a state’s consolidated means of coercion. Would a progressive European Code of Private Law (EPL-code), as proposed by Hesselink, alter any of this and what would it take to ensure that the principles enshrined in this code would in fact be realised? These are the questions I will address in this short essay.
European Law | Law
Legal Coding Beyond Capital?,
Eur. L. Open
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