The Civil Code ( BW abbreviation ), the Civil Code of the Netherlands. It was adopted in 1838 and was down to family law is largely a translation of the Civil Code, however, differed in systematic structure. 1947 was commissioned by decree of Queen Eduard Meijers order to design a new civil code. It was adopted in sections 1970-1992 as Nieuw Civil Code ( NPV ) by Parliament. The NPV is based on extensive comparative legal basis, which is why the Dutch private law now occupies its own position between the Roman and the Germanic legal family, each of which some elements were adopted, as well as from English common law.