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Elgar Encyclopedia of Comparative Law, Second Edition

Elgar Encyclopedia of Comparative Law, Second Edition

Elgar original reference

Edited by Jan M. Smits

Written by leading authorities in their respective fields, the contributions in this accessible book cover and combine not only questions regarding the methodology of comparative law, but also specific areas of law (such as administrative law and criminal law) and specific topics (such as accident compensation and consideration). In addition, the Encyclopedia contains reports on a selected set of countries’ legal systems and, as a whole, presents an overview of the current state of affairs.

Chapter 33: Insolvency law*

Bob Wessels

Subjects: law - academic, comparative law


The domain of insolvency law is concerned with the prevention, regulation and administering of the discontinuity in legal relationships of a person (legal person or natural person) which finds itself in financial problems. The inability to fulfil payment obligations and the legal consequences that go with this form the core content of most countries’ existing national insolvency legislation. It is widely known that individual countries’ national legal systems with regard to insolvency differ quite extensively.

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