Monthly Archives: November 2009

The CFR and the Unidroit Principles on International Commercial Contracts

Professor Stefan Vogenauer of the University of Oxford spoke at the Stockholm conference on the theme “CFR and UNIDROIT principles of international commercial contracts: coexistence, competition or overkill of soft law?” The answer to the question across the whole range … Continue reading

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The DCFR and the CISG

In a clear, cogent and beautifully delivered speech to the Stockholm conference Professor Ingeborg Schwenzer of the University of Basel addressed the topic “Drafting new model rules on sales: CFR as an alternative to the CISG?”  The speech was an … Continue reading

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Too many global and regional private law instruments?

What is the relationship between a European Common Frame of Reference and other global or European private law instruments? We have CISG, PICC, PECL, ACQP and now DCFR and, eventually, CFR. Is it all getting excessive? This was touched on … Continue reading

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Harmonising European laws on the sale and lease of goods

The first step is for the UK and the tiny number of other EU countries which have not yet ratified the Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) to ratify it. This was the frank and sensible … Continue reading

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Does business want a common frame of reference?

This was the title of an interesting contribution to the Stockholm conference by Paul Abbiatti, Legal Consultant, Member of the International Chamber of Commerce. His answer in two words was “Maybe yes”. However, support for the idea would be subject … Continue reading

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The CFR – views of Professors Kleineman, von Bar and Fauvarque-Cosson

The first professor to express a view on the DCFR at the Stockholm conference was Jan Kleineman of the University of Stockholm, who was moderator of the first full session. He criticised the drafting of the model rules as being … Continue reading

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The CFR – the view of a leading European Parliamentarian

Klaus-Heiner Lehne, the Chair of the Committee of Legal Affairs and Chair of the Conference of Committee Chairs of the European Parliament is a vigorous and  impressive politician. There is a recent profile of him at http://www.europeanvoice.com/article/imported/strategic-thinker/66336.aspx. And he gave … Continue reading

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The way forward for the CFR – the official position as given at Stockholm

At the Stockholm conference on the Common Frame of Reference for European Contract Law (the CFR) there were contributions from representatives of the Swedish, French, Czech and Spanish Ministries of Justice, from the European Commission and from the European Parliament. Together … Continue reading

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Law Commissions continue to support buyer’s right to reject

In previous posts we noted how the English and Scottish Law Commissions were critical of European Commission proposals to confine consumers' remedies to those of repair and/or replacement in a new Consumer Rights Directive, and not to allow Member States to … Continue reading

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Towards a European Law Institute

At a meeting held at the rather impressive Stockholm Centre for Commercial Law on 23 and 24 October further progress was made towards the formation of an unofficial pan-European body of law faculties, research centres, individual legal scholars and others … Continue reading

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