3. The harmonization of legal cultures, concepts and terms

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The present chapter discusses how the scope and depth of harmonization between supranational and national legislation are decisive for the choice of empirical basis for contrastive studies of legal concepts and terms used in national legislations. The case studies presented in this chapter aim at illustrating two possible approaches. The first case study explores differences between the French and Norwegian transpositions of the EU directive on public procurement. The second discusses the use of preparatory works as a source of information on the formation of legal concepts and terms, exemplified with the French preparatory works for the new law on bioethics of 2011 and the Norwegian whitepaper issued in advance of the Children’s Act of 2009.


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