Tag Archives: European private law

Unwinding failed contracts

The Wilson Memorial Lecture was given yesterday by Sonja Meier of the University of Freiburg on the theme of “Unwinding failed contracts – new European developments”. It was a brilliant performance, beautifully delivered, perfectly timed and, above all, cogently argued. … Continue reading

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Farewell to unjustified enrichment?

“That was a surprisingly civilised discussion” said Eric Descheemaeker as he brought to a close the workshop on unjustified enrichment at 7 pm last Friday. The remark was understandable. The main speaker, Nils Jansen, had been arguing that it was … Continue reading

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The new UK law on penalty clauses and European private law

Recent decisions by the UK Supreme Court on penalty clauses are of some interest from the point of view of European private law. The decisions were in the conjoined cases ofCavendish Square Holding BV v Talal El Makdessi and ParkingEye … Continue reading

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European family law at the Ius Commune Conference at Edinburgh

It was impossible for any one person to savour the full richness of contributions on offer at the Ius Commune Conference in Edinburgh on 27 and 28 November. This is a disadvantage of the workshop system adopted. The advantage is … Continue reading

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Hugh Beale symposium

A symposium to launch a book of essays in honour of Hugh Beale took place at Brasenose College, Oxford on 7 November. It was organised by Louise Gullifer and Stefan Vogenauer and was attended by most of the contributors to … Continue reading

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The European Court of Justice on child custody, child abduction and the concept of habitual residence

The European Court of Justice has given an important judgment in a case (C v M, case C-376/14 of 9 October 2014) on whether a 6 year old girl should live with her mother in Ireland or her father in France. … Continue reading

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The Draft Common Frame of Reference in the Swedish Supreme Court

The Study Group on a European Civil Code which prepared the Principles, Definitions and Model Rules of European Private Law (more commonly known as the Draft Common Frame of Reference or DCFR) was fortunate to have among its members both … Continue reading

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New Polish private law blog

I’m grateful to Ross MacDonald for passing on information about a new Polish private law blog. The blog, which is written in English, can be accessed at http://polishprivatelaw.pl/lets-start/. Its introduction says that:- The website is addressed to lawyers dealing both … Continue reading

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Scottish Law Commission makes good use of European private law instruments

In its Discussion Paper on Third Party Rights under Contracts (DP No 157, 2014) the Scottish Law Commission makes use of the Draft Common Frame of Reference (DCFR) and the proposed Common European Sales Law (CESL) along with two other … Continue reading

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European Parliament adopts proposal for a Common European Sales Law

By 416 votes to 159, with about 65 abstentions, the European Parliament today adopted a legislative resolution on an optional Common European Sales Law (CESL). This is good news for European businesses and consumers who want to sell or buy … Continue reading

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