Book review – Contract Law, A Comparative Introduction

contractlawI’m sure that many of you will be interested in a book published in 2014 by Edward Elgar Publishing entitled “Contract Law: A Comparative Introduction“. The author is the estimable Jan M. Smits, Professor of European Private Law, Faculty of Law, Maastricht University, The Netherlands.

“This book offers a unique introduction to contract law by means of a comparative approach. It treats contract law as a discipline that can be studied on the basis of common principles and methods without being tied to a particular jurisdiction or legal culture.”

The main materials used are drawn from German, French, English and Dutch law, as well as from international instruments and Islamic contract law, and ample attention is given to other jurisdictions including those of Central and Eastern Europe. Although law is constantly evolving, the ‘principles and methods’-based approach should make this book of value for a number of years to come, alongside legislative and case law updates.

I found this review particularly helpful:

Contract Law: A Comparative Introduction may be recommended to beginners and advanced readers – both will find it very interesting and useful. Although the author discusses all relevant issues, the book remains very user-friendly as it explains all ideas in a comprehensive yet concise manner. Moreover, it is written in a clear and easily understandable language that is essential particularly for non English native speakers. Finally, the book is a first class textbook for any comparative contract law courses.
– Konrad Osajda, University of Warsaw, Studies & Analyses Office, Supreme Court of Poland.

You can consult the book via “Look inside” on the publisher’s website. The paperback is very reasonably priced at a ‘real-world’ 😉 level as opposed to an academic level.

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