Monthly Archives: February 2010

European contract law to get Europe out of recession?

The new EU Vice President for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, Viviane Reding, renewed her commitment to the establishment of a European contract law in a speech in Brussels on 24 February 2010, arguing that it would be a tool to … Continue reading

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Transfer of ownership of goods

The talk by Lars van Vliet to the Edinburgh symposium on Book VIII of the DCFR last Friday (see preceding entry) raised some interesting questions about the requirements for a transfer of the ownership of goods. I do not want … Continue reading

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Edinburgh symposium on Book VIII of the DCFR

The Edinburgh Centre for Private Law held a symposium on Friday on the model rules in the DCFR on the acquisition and loss of ownership of goods. There was a stimulating and intelligent discussion at the end of which the … Continue reading

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European or global private law?

If we take a long-term view and ignore certain political and transitional difficulties (and it is admittedly a big IF) it is easy to answer the question “Why European private law rather than national private laws?”  For a single internal … Continue reading

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Scottish Law Commission’s 8th programme of law reform

The Scottish Law Commission, after extensive consultation, has published its eighth programme of law reform. It is a full and interesting programme, including for example, a review of the law of homicide, the criminal liability of partnerships, compulsory purchase and … Continue reading

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Consumer remedies for faulty goods: a Scottish decision, and maybe more to come

Douglas v Glenvarigill Co Ltd [2010] CSOH 14 is a classic sale of goods case about a defective car and the buyer’s right of rejection, but is also noteworthy as the first Court of Session discussion, albeit brief, of the … Continue reading

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Rome 1 and assignment

Emails are flashing around on a question which was left outstanding in the Rome I Regulation on the law applicable to contractual obligations. The question is which law should govern the effectiveness of an assignment against third parties and priority … Continue reading

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Aberdeen meeting on DCFR

The Scottish Association of Comparative Law and Aberdeen University Law School held a session on the DCFR in Aberdeen on Friday. The session was organised by David Carey-Miller and Leone Niglia and opened by Margaret Ross, the head of school. … Continue reading

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