Free Downloads of the works of Paul Scholten on Legal theory

Dutch: Algemeen Deel (geheel), Algemene Methode van het Privaatrecht (hoofdstuk 1), Verzamelde Geschriften.
English: General Method of Private Law (chapter 1 of Algemeen Deel).
French:  Méthode Générale du Droit Privé, traduit par B.E. Wielenga. Chapitre 1 de la Partie I (Partie Générale) du Mr. C. Asser’s Traité de Droit Civil Néerlandais, Traité de Droit Civil Néerlandais, ’Jean Yver, Les contrats dans le très ancien droit Nor­mand’, ‘ Convenances  vainquent loi’, ‘L’Interprétation de la Loi et la Justice’ , ’L’autorité de l’Etat (4 articles originally written in French by Paul Scholten, included in Verzamelde Geschriften) .
Indonesian: Mr. C. Asser Penuntun dalam mempelajari Hukum Perdata Belanda: Bagian Umum, Penerjemah: Siti Soemarti Hartono, S.H., Judul Struktur Ilmu Hukum (translation of  ’de structuur der rechtswetenschap’, an article included in Verzamelde Geschriften).

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There is merely one book, or even one chapter of a book, which has brought Paul Scholten his great fame:  the chapter on the Method of Private Law in a book called General Part (Algemeen Deel). The website is dedicated to the translation of this chapter in English. The separate publication of chapter 1 of General Part (Algemeen Deel) has got a new title, to be able to distiguish it from the book as a whole: General Method of Private Law

Besides the General Part Paul Scholten has written many essays, reviews and annotations, partly on positive law, partly on legal theory/philosophy and partly on the relationship between law and religion. The latter essays are collected in the four volumes of the Verzamelde Geschriften (Collected Papers, first print 1949/1950, reprint 1980).

1-2-3-4-deel-verzamelde-werken-200Most of the texts are written in Dutch. Some of the Collected Papers, however, are originally written in French by Paul Scholten and some of his works are translated into French and Indonesian. Hopefully this website will stimulate new translation initiatives by others.

The Amsterdam University Library has made the main sources available  in their depository as PDF-files with the images of the pages .  In this depository you can find the PDFfiles of the first print  (1949-1954) as well as the reprint (1980) of the Collected Papers.

Also downloadable are Text files in PDF of the main sources. These  text files still contain many errors caused by the fact that the automatic letter recognition doesn’t work always properly.  You can comment on the text files of the General Part on the Translation Pages. If you are willing to correct some of the Collected Papers please use the Word files of the Collected Papers, which are made downloadable in the sortable table of the Bibliography . Please contact in that case the administrator to prevent double work.

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