Culture and Contract Laws

Ole Lando

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In the article it is argued that the wish to preserve the cultural values of national law should not prevent the EU from preparing a Code or an Optional Instrument. The no-code countries on the British Isles and in Scandinavia are the most ardent opponents to the idea of unifying European Contract Law by way of a code on Contracts. In both these regions however the absence of a code causes problems. In England a prominent writer has found that the major weakness of the judge-made law is its immense diffusion and the consequent difficulty of access to it and the Nordic countries face the same problem. Looking at the issues where the rules are different the explanation is one of tradition
Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Review of Contract Law
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)1-20
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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