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Comparative Law of Obligations

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Comparative Law of Obligations

9781789905809 Edward Elgar Publishing
Dário Moura Vicente, Professor of Law, University of Lisbon, Portugal
Publication Date: December 2021 ISBN: 978 1 78990 580 9 Extent: c 500 pp
This comprehensive book provides a comparative overview of legal institutions that intersect with everyday life: contracts, unilateral legal transactions, torts, negotiorum gestio and unjust enrichment. These institutions form the core of the Law of Obligations, which is examined in this book from the perspective of all major legal traditions including Civil, Common, Islamic and Chinese law.

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This comprehensive book provides a comparative overview of legal institutions that intersect with everyday life: contracts, unilateral legal transactions, torts, negotiorum gestio and unjust enrichment. These institutions form the core of the Law of Obligations, which is examined in this book from the perspective of all major legal traditions including Civil, Common, Islamic and Chinese law.
 
Offering a critical understanding of the legal regulation of institutions in national legal systems, the book identifies distinct concepts of the law of obligations that emerge from them and explains their underlying motives. The author provides valuable insights into how differently basic legal institutions are regulated across national borders, as well as unveiling the roots of legal institutions of the utmost significance in international trade such as contracts, pre-contractual liability, liability for torts and restitution of unjust enrichment.
 
This book will be a helpful resource for academics and practitioners involved in international litigation and arbitration proceedings concerning contracts, torts and other sources of obligations.
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‘Comparative research is foundational for the understanding of foreign law and of one’s own law, for stimulating legal reform, for harmonizing laws. It may tackle entire legal orders or single issues. Moura Vicente chooses a middle course; in a systematic way he deals with the law of obligations (contracts, torts, restitution) covering a wide range of both common law and civil law systems. His international expertise witnessed by many comparative law publications in Portuguese, is now accessible to a broader community.’
– Jürgen Basedow, Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Private Law, Germany

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