The Consistency Principle in European Private International Law

Sixto Sánchez Lorenzo.

The present study contains a critical analysis of the scope of the principle of coherence or consistency principle in the field of European private international law. First, the author analyzes the areas in which the requirement of legal coherence between concepts, notions and legal solutions is required: vertical (successive normative texts on the same subject), horizontal (normative texts on different subjects) and transversal (European and non European legal rules). The logic of integration can lead to a formal understanding of the principle of coherence as a mere parallelism between concepts and legal solutions in the

systematic interpretation of European private international law. A casuistic analysis tries to demonstrate such a risk as well as the need for an axiological, relative and dialectical understanding of the coherence principle, which requires a comparison of legal objectives and values issue-by-issue, discarding any possibility to resort to an automatic parallelism of concepts or legal solutions.

1. Definición del principio de coherencia.—2. Coherencia vertical, horizontal y transversal.—3. Las dificultades de una interpretación sistemática sin sistema: el mito de las nociones autónomas.— 4. Coherencia no es paralelismo .—4.1. Competencia judicial internacional y Derecho aplicable.—4.2. Derecho conflictual y Derecho material.—5. Conclusión: el juego de los valores debilita la unidad de los conceptos.

autonomous EU legal concepts; consistency principle; european private international law; systematic interpretation;

REDI Vol. 70 2 2018




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