Contract Law: A Comparison of Civil Law and Common Law Jurisdictions


This text serves as an accessible introduction to the law of contract. The headings chosen for examination track the main points in the lifetime of a contract—from its formation, drafting, and onward to its eventual dissolution, whether this occurs due to the terms of the contract, the will of the parties, or because of a breach of the agreed terms. It also provides studies of other notable areas within the subject, such as third-party rights, damages, and equitable remedies. In distinction to other guides to contract law, this text provides a comparative analysis of the area, incorporating sources drawn from both the civil law tradition, characteristic of several nations within Continental Europe, as well as the Anglo- American common law tradition, with cases and legislation drawn from England and the United States of America.
It also explores contract law in the unique context of so-called hybrid jurisdictions—those that incorporate elements of both the common law and civilian traditions. As business assumes a global dimension, knowledge of the operation of contract law across various legal traditions and national contexts is increasingly at a premium. This text enables the student to gain a coherent vision of contract law, as well as to speak confidently when discussing the intricacies of the subject.


About the Author(s)

Claire-Michelle Smyth

Dr Claire-Michelle Smyth has an LL.B (Hons) Irish Law, LL.M (Hons) International Human Rights Law, PGCET, and a PhD from Queens University in Belfast. She has taught widely in Human Rights Law, Intern…

Marcus Gatto

Marcus Gatto, BA, MA, JD, is a program director and lecturer at Griffith College Dublin, with responsibility for clinical legal education. He lectures law and oversees student …

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July 15, 2018





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