Constitutional Aspects of European Private Law: Freedoms, Rights and Social Justice in the Draft Common Frame of Reference
Martijn W. Hesselink
University of Amsterdam - Centre for the Study of European Contract Law (CSECL)
University of Amsterdam - Centre for the Study of European Contract Law (CSECL); University of Amsterdam - Faculty of Law
Jacobien W. Rutgers
VU University Amsterdam - Faculty of Law; University of Amsterdam - Faculty of Law
June 2, 2009
Centre for the Study of European Contract Law Working Paper Series No. 2009/05
This report analyses the academic DCFR in the light of freedoms, rights and social justice. It first investigates whether the DCFR takes the autonomy of equally strong parties as its starting point or rather incorporates elements of ‘social justice’. The evaluation takes place on the basis of five key elements of social justice, i.e. legitimacy, the protection of weaker parties, the ideology underlying rules of private law, the role of general clauses, and the principles and values underlying the DCFR. Subsequently, the report addresses the question to what extent the DCFR takes into account the European free movements (of goods, services, persons and capital) and what its relation is with European competition law. Finally, it looks into the potential impact of fundamental rights, laid down in national Constitutions and international treaties, on the application of the DCFR. The overall aim is to determine whether the future CFR, if it followed the present academic draft, would on principle comply with current European constitutional standards.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 146
Keywords: Draft Common Frame of Reference, European private law, social justice, EC freedoms, fundamental rights
Date posted: June 3, 2009 ; Last revised: February 22, 2014
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