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Mistakes in Contract Law


ISBN13: 9781849462129
Published: January 2012
Publisher: Hart Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback (Hardback in 2010)
Price: Out of print
Hardback edition , ISBN13 9781841135076



It is a matter of some difficulty for the English lawyer to predict the effect of a misapprehension upon the formation of a contract. The common law doctrine of mistake is a confused one, with contradictory theoretical underpinnings and seemingly irreconcilable cases.

This book explains the common law doctrine through an examination of the historical development of the doctrine in English law. Beginning with an overview of contractual mistakes in Roman law, the book examines how theories of mistake were received at various points into English contract law from Roman and civil law sources.

These transplants, made for pragmatic rather than principled reasons, combined in an uneasy manner with the pre-existing English contract law. The book also examines the substantive changes brought about in contractual mistake by the Judicature Act 1873 and the fusion of law and equity.

Through its historical examination of mistake in contract law, the book provides not only insights into the nature of innovation and continuity within the common law but also the fate of legal transplants.

Subjects:
Contract Law
Contents:
1. Introduction
2. Contractual Mistake in Roman Law
3. Contractual Mistake in English Law
4. The Lack of Contractual Mistake at Common Law and the
5. Pothier and the Development of Mistake in English Contract Law
6. Von Savigny and the Development of Mistake in English Contract Law
7. The Creation of Contractual Mistake in Nineteenth-century Common Law
8. Mistake of Identity
9. Mistake after Fusion
10. Summary and Conclusions