Monthly Archives: July 2010

A European copyright code

It is not only in the law of contract and other obligations that there are movements towards a European private law. While intellectual property lawyers are now very familiar with the Community Trade Mark, Community Registered (and unregistered) Design rights, … Continue reading

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Penalty clauses

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on a draft Penalty Clauses (Scotland) Bill. The Bill would implement the Report of the Scottish Law Commission of May 1999 on this subject.  The existing law of Scotland draws a distinction between … Continue reading

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Commission report on retail services in the internal market

The European Commission published on 5 July a retail market monitoring report “Towards more efficient and fairer retail services in the internal market for 2020” (COM (2010) 355) which has some potential relevance to the question of how best to … Continue reading

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Has justice gone out of fashion?

I have recently acquired – rather belatedly, because it has been out for some time – the Commentary on the Unidroit Principles of International Commercial Contracts (PICC) edited by Stefan Vogenauer and Jan Kleinheisterkamp and published by Oxford University Press. … Continue reading

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New Green Paper on European contract law

The European Commission has today published a new "Green Paper on policy options for progress towards a European Contract Law for consumers and businesses".  The paper can be read online at http://ec.europa.eu/justice_home/news/consulting_public/0052/consultation_questionaire_en.pdf. Everything seems to be in it.  Among the … Continue reading

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The German professors’ article

The short article by ten German professors mentioned in an earlier post has now appeared in today’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. It begins with an account of the background to the Draft Common Frame of Reference (DCFR) and the setting up of … Continue reading

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