The Harmonisation of European Contract Law: Implications for by Stefan Vogenauer, Stephen Weatherill

By Stefan Vogenauer, Stephen Weatherill

After a longer interval during which the eu group has only nibbled on the edges of nationwide agreement legislation, the chunk of a eu agreement legislations has in recent times turn into extra reported. Many parts of legislations, from pageant and shopper legislation to gender equality legislations, at the moment are the topic of made up our minds efforts at harmonization, even though they're might be frequently obvious as peripheral to mainstream advertisement agreement legislations. regardless of carrying on with doubts concerning the constitutional competence of the fee to embark on additional harmonization during this sector, eu agreement legislations is now taking form with the fee prompting a debate approximately what it may well try. A significant element of this booklet is the record of a outstanding survey conducted by way of the Oxford Institute for eu and Comparative legislation in collaboration with the worldwide legislation company of Clifford likelihood, which sought the perspectives of eu companies in regards to the merits and downsides of additional harmonization. the ultimate record of this survey brings a lot wanted empirical facts to a debate that has to date lacked transparent facts of this kind. The survey is embedded in various unique and up to date essays through best ecu agreement students reviewing fresh advancements, wondering growth thus far, and suggesting parts the place additional research and study could be required.

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While there is much to be said for this argument in theory, the problem in practice lies in identifying those rules of national law which are thought to be particularly unsuitable for international transactions. This is an issue which is likely to produce disagreement between lawyers in national legal systems. However, it may be 34 O Lando, ‘The Lex Mercatoria in International Commercial Arbitration’ (1985) 34 ICLQ 747. 35 Ibid, 753. 18 Ewan McKendrick possible to recast the argument by relying more heavily on the notion of ‘unfair surprise’.

A harmonised contract law has the potential to provide a secure foundation upon which those who frame rules in other areas of law (such as securities) can build. I I I . W H Y O B J E C T TO TH E C R E AT I O N O F A E U R O P E A N CONTRACT LAW? The case for further harmonisation of European private law is not, however, beyond dispute. Indeed, many voices have been raised against further harmonisation and some have even argued that we have already gone too far down the road towards the creation of a harmonised European private law.

Nevertheless, the linkage of the optional instrument to the progress of the CFR suggests that it would be premature to dismiss the possibility of a European civil code at some time in the medium to long term. Quite what will emerge from this process is hard to predict, but the CFR may (together with the Principles of European Contract Law) turn out to be one of the first significant steps on a road that will end with a European code of contract law. 1. 14 Ewan McKendrick I I . W H Y S E E K T O C R E AT E A E U R O P E A N CO N T RACT L AW?

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