Monthly Archives: April 2010

Proposed recasting of Late Payment Directive

Johnnie MacLeod has drawn my attention to an article in the German press on the proposed recasting of the Late Payment Directive (Dir 2000/35/EC). Interestingly the focus of the  article is on the legal effects – indeed on legal theory … Continue reading

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Volcanic ash and European contract law

For your correspondent it all began at 3.54 a.m. on Thursday 15 April 2010, with the beep of an arriving text on his Blackberry announcing the cancellation of his Easyjet flight to Milan later that day due to volcanic ash … Continue reading

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European Commission plan for justice, freedom and security 2010-2014

The European Commission published its plan for justice, freedom and security over the next five years on 20 April 2010; this, it appears, includes an optional European contract law instrument and a European debt "attachment" process. Item 6 in the plan … Continue reading

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Reding supports European Law Institute

In a speech at the European Universities Institute in Florence on 10 April 2010 Viviane Reding, the Vice-President for Justice Freedom and Security in the European Commission, gave her support to the idea of a European Law Institute carrying out … Continue reading

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Interpretation and pre-contractual negotiations: is English law genetically incompatible with European private law?

Your correspondent has belatedly caught up with a failed attempt in the now defunct (judicial) House of Lords to use European private law texts to unseat a rule of English law on the interpretation of contracts.  In Chartbrook Ltd v … Continue reading

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