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Impossibility of Performance: A Treatise on the Law of Supervening Impossibility of Performance of Contract, Failure of Consideration, and Frustration Reissue

ISBN13: 9781107455894
Published: January 2015
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £23.99

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Roy Granville McElroy (1907-1994) was a lawyer and politician who held the position of Mayor of Auckland, New Zealand from 1965 to 1968. In this book, which was first published in 1941, McElroy provides a comprehensive analysis of impossibility in relation to contract law, drawing a distinction 'between discharge for physical impossibility or for frustration on the one hand and discharge for failure of consideration on the other'.

The text was formed from a manuscript written at Cambridge in 1934, and this manuscript was subsequently edited and updated with new chapters by Glanville Williams prior to publication. An index of cases is included and detailed notes are incorporated throughout. This book will be of value to anyone with an interest in contract law and impossibility as a legal concept.

Contract Law, Legal History
Index of statutes
Index of cases
Introduction by the editor

Part I. Impossibility of Performance:
1. The sanctity of contract
2. Exceptions to 'absolute' promises
3. Limits of the principle of Taylor v. Caldwell

Part II. Failure of Consideration:
4. The development of the doctrine of failure of consideration as an excuse in cases of impossibility
5. The nature of the doctrine of failure of consideration

Part III. Inordinate Delay:
6. The development of the doctrine of frustration to the end of the nineteenth century
7. The war cases
8. The nature of the doctrine of frustration
9. Implication in cases of frustration

Part IV. General Propositions:
10. General propositions relating to impossibility, failure of consideration, and frustration

General index.