Monthly Archives: June 2010

The Germans strike again

Not a reference to the world cup but to an email received this morning from Reinhard Zimmermann giving me advance notice of an article accepted for publication in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The article is signed by Reinhard and nine … Continue reading

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On small groups and transparency

When a small group is set up to do an important task there will inevitably be suspicion. How were these people chosen? What are they up to? Are they going to try to undo advances made with great effort by … Continue reading

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Strange reactions to idea of optional instrument

A correspondent has drawn my attention to an article in EuropeanVoice (17 June 2010) on a paper soon to be presented by Viviane Reding, the European Commissioner for Justice, on European contract law. The author of the article, Jim Brundsen, … Continue reading

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Kortrijk conference on the Draft Common Frame of Reference and Belgian law

The idea of the conference held at Kortrijk on 10th and 11th June was to do a comparison of Belgian law and the rules in most of the DCFR. The format was that, after two general papers,  a speaker introduced … Continue reading

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Edinburgh, Tilburg, Helsinki

When I first came across ETHYRN in the headings to emails from the Law School I assumed it was the name of a colleague who was having a leaving party. I soon learned that it was the Edinburgh – Tilburg … Continue reading

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ECJ rules national legislation can go beyond Unfair Terms Directive

In Case C-484/08, Caja de Ahorros y Monte de Piedad de Madrid v Asociación de Usuarios de Servicios Bancarios (Ausbanc), issued on 7 June 2010, the European Court of Justice has ruled that national legislation may go further than the … Continue reading

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Hesselink on Hayek in Micklitz and Cafaggi

For me the most enjoyable chapter in Micklitz and Cafaggi’s excellent new book on “European Private Law after the Common Frame of Reference” (published by Edward Elgar) was Martijn Hesselink’s discussion of the ideas of Friedrich Hayek. What has Hayek got … Continue reading

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