Monthly Archives: March 2010

Consumer Rights Directive: full harmonisation no longer on the agenda?

Viviane Reding, the EC Justice Commissioner with responsibility for the proposed Consumer Rights Directive, has decided that the pursuit of full harmonisation of consumer rights in the EU is "no longer an option" she wishes to pursue. Full harmonisation, which … Continue reading

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10 out of 27 for proposed new EU rules on choice of law in divorce

A press report yesterday suggested that the EU had adopted new rules which would enable divorcing couples to choose the law which applied to the grounds of divorce. The impression given was that this applied to the United Kingdom. Of course, this … Continue reading

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Trier conference on European Contract Law, 18th and 19th March 2010

There were three main topics on the agenda of this important conference – the CFR as a “toolbox” for improving EU legislation; the proposed Consumer Rights Directive; and the prospects for an optional instrument. The idea of a common frame … Continue reading

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Frankfurt ELI meeting

A further meeting towards setting up a European Law Institute was held at Frankfurt on 13 March. According to reports, it was a productive meeting. It was decided to proceed straightaway to the formation of a preliminary association which would … Continue reading

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Congress in Rome

The Rome congress mentioned in the last entry was unlike any other legal conference I have attended. It had over 200 speakers and 2000 participants. Often there were five “streams” running (including e.g. sessions on “diritto civile” and “diritto comparato … Continue reading

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The DCFR in Dundee and Rome

I spoke on the DCFR at a seminar in Dundee last Wednesday and at an enormous congress in Rome on Saturday. At both there seemed to be interest in, and support for, the DCFR project. The seminar in Dundee was followed … Continue reading

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Progress towards an optional European contract law

Last week the European Commission published a Communication called “EUROPE 2020: A strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth”. At page 19 the Commission sets out some proposals for tackling bottlenecks in the single market. The reference in the second … Continue reading

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The DCFR: a glance into the future””

This was the title of an excellent presentation last night by Laura Macgregor, the Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Commercial Law to a joint meeting at Edinburgh University of the Scottish Lawyers European Group and the Europa Institute. She … Continue reading

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Terms apply

The best thing I have seen on television in the last week was a short commercial for discounted cinema tickets which said “Terms apply”. Five thousand Hallelujahs! Until now in such contexts I have seen only the ghastly, pleonastic “terms … Continue reading

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Promotional prizes

A business sends a letter to a consumer undertaking to pay a prize if the consumer fills in and returns a claim form. The consumer does so. The prize is not paid and the consumer raises an action for payment. … Continue reading

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