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Vol 23 No 3 March/April 2018

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Law of Obligations

ISBN13: 9781848447646
Previous Edition ISBN: 1846410037
Published: March 2010
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £112.00
Paperback edition , ISBN13 9781849800594

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This comprehensive book presents the English law of contract and tort in the context of a European law of obligations.

Law of Obligations gives an overview of contract and tort as well as an introduction to the law of obligations in the civil (or continental) law tradition. The book is considered an extensive introduction to the western law of obligations, but with an emphasis on English law.

Arising out of the analysis of the two legal traditions, Geoffrey Samuel raises questions about the appropriateness of importing the obligations category into the common law. He also highlights what has been termed the 'harmonisation debate'; ought the law of obligations to be harmonised at a European - or even international, level?

The debate raises some fundamental issues not just about legal traditions and about the law of obligations itself, but also about comparative law theory and methodology. Designed with English law students and jurists in mind, this book will be an invaluable tool for researching contract, tort and the law of obligations.

The book is an original contribution not only to European private law but equally to comparative legal studies.

...from the preface: This book is in part a second and expanded edition of my Understanding Contractural & Tortious Obligations, published by LawMatters in 2005. However certain parts of the book have been substantially rewtitten and several new chapters have been added.

Contract Law, Tort Law
1. Theory and Method Background to the Law of Obligations
2. History and Structure of the Law of Obligations
3. General Theory of Obligations
4. Obligations and the Common Law
5. Contractual Obligations: General Provisions
6. Enforcing Contracts
7. Escaping from Contracts
8. Unperformed Contracts and Appropriate Remedies
9. Tortious Obligations: General Provisions
10. Liability and Intentional Harm
11. Liability for Unintentional Harm
12. Liability for Things
13. Liability for People
14. Liability for Words
15. Escaping Liability
16. Beyond Contract and Tort: Restitution
17. Transnational Law of Obligations?
Bibliography and References