This book compares trust and patrimony laws in England, Scotland, Quebec and the Netherlands. The volume explores the multiple ways in which the private law concepts of trust and patrimony interact in various jurisdictions, with a view to advancing the understanding of the trust as a fundamental legal concept. The authors investigate whether the common law trust could be understood as a civil law patrimony by appropriation, and whether civil law and mixed traditions could create local versions of the common law trust using patrimony as the main conceptual building block. The first comparative law book addressing the relation between trust and patrimony from a comparative and trans systemic perspective; It focuses on the private law of England, Scotland, Quebec and the Netherlands and includes both new and important previously published papers written by distinguished comparative law scholars.
Remus Valsan is Lecturer in Corporate Law at the University of Edinburgh Law School.