Monthly Archives: June 2011

Time to abandon the metaphor of the toolbox?

The metaphor of the toolbox is widely used in the current debate on European private law. It has been criticised in the committee rooms of the House of Lords. It has been mocked in the great hall of the Sorbonne. … Continue reading

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Working with the EU drafters

In some of the later stages of the work of the Expert Group on European contract law the drafting committee worked with two of the Commission’s legislative drafters – or “legal reviewers”. They were good – so good that, if … Continue reading

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New Maintenance Regulations come into force tomorrow

The Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments (Maintenance) Regulations 2011 were made on 13th June 2011, laid before Parliament on the same day, published on the internet on the afternoon of 16th June and come into force on 18th June. All a … Continue reading

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Breakthrough on the Consumer Rights Directive

Representatives of the EU Parliament, Commission and Council, after a difficult “trialogue”, reached agreement late last Monday on the shape and content of the proposed Consumer Rights Directive. Although final approval is still required this is a major step forward. … Continue reading

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Progress on the idea of an optional instrument

The European Parliament supported yesterday by a large majority (521 for, 145 against, 8 abstentions) the idea of an optional instrument in European contract law. It endorsed the Report by Diana Wallis responding to the Commission’s Green Paper on this … Continue reading

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On the delights and dangers of metaphors

In his valedictory lecture the other night Zenon Bankowski mentioned the merits of metaphors for teaching purposes. If you give a class a metaphor – particularly if the class is  composed of people from very different backgrounds – they are … Continue reading

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Inaugural in Paris and valedictory in Edinburgh

Yesterday saw the inauguration in Paris of the European Law Institute. First reports of the meeting are that it went according to plan, with formal speeches of support for the new institute, including a speech from Viviane Reding the EU’s … Continue reading

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European Review of Private Law – call for papers for special issue on contract law

Ross McDonald, who is on the editorial board of the European Review of Private Law, has asked me to publicise the following call for papers. “The European Review of Private Law (ERPL) intends to publish a special issue on the … Continue reading

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