The Significance of the Principles of European Contract Law

European Review of Private Law (ERPL), Vol. 28, No. 3, pp. 487-496, September 2020

Max Planck Private Law Research Paper No. 21/3

12 Pages Posted: 3 Mar 2021

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Reinhard Zimmermann

Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law

Abstract

In his autobiographical account ‘My Life as a Lawyer’ Ole Lando wrote: ‘I set out to try and unify the substantive contract law in the EU. My efforts started in 1976’. These efforts were to lead to the publication of the Principles of European Contract Law (PECL) in 1995 (Part I), 2002 (Parts I and II), and 2003 (Part III). According to Hugh Beale it is that work for which Ole Lando is best known; and it is for that work that he is regarded as ‘one of the most influential figures in the development of European private law to date’. The present contribution therefore deals with these Principles of European Contract Law.

Note: This article is published in the Max Planck Private Law Research Paper Series with the permission of the rights owner, Kluwer Law International.

Keywords: Acquis commun, Acquis communautaire, Commentaries on European Contract Laws, Lando, Ole, Non-legislative codification, Principles of European Contract Law, Restatements, Textual layers, UNIDROIT

Suggested Citation

Zimmermann, Reinhard, The Significance of the Principles of European Contract Law. European Review of Private Law (ERPL), Vol. 28, No. 3, pp. 487-496, September 2020, Max Planck Private Law Research Paper No. 21/3, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3796308

Reinhard Zimmermann (Contact Author)

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