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Course Aims:

This podcast is aimed at commercial practitioners and those who deal in consumer law and domestic and international transactional work. It aims to critique the EU’s proposals for harmonising the contract laws of member states, addressing the benefits of such a system and discussing its many possible disadvantages.

After completing the course you will:
  • Understand the proposed benefits of a system of harmonised, pan-European contract law;
  • Understand the criticisms of a system of harmonised contract law and what practical impact such a move might have;
  • Be aware of the Commission’s concerns which have prompted these proposals;
  • Be aware of the different options currently under discussion;
  • Know which options the Commission favours, why and the views of the UK government;
  • Understand the next step in any proposal being taken forward for approval.
General Interest Difficulty: 2 of 5
Legislative Updates
Panel Discussion
Sources and References:
  • Expert Group Feasibility Study (3 May 2011);
  • Common Frame of Reference;
  • Article 114 Treaty for the functioning of the European Union.

This podcast is about the European Commission’s proposals to introduce single contract law across the EU in a bid to harmonise a desperate set of national rules that constitute a barrier to cross-border trade. The podcast will review the proposals and where they could lead us.

Podcast added: 07/07/2011

Podcast last reviewed: 2012-02-27

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