Comparative Contract Law

Research Handbooks in Comparative Law series

Edited by Pier Giuseppe Monateri, Professor of Comparative Law, Department of Law, University of Turin, Italy

This comprehensive Handbook offers a thoughtful survey of contract theories, issues and cases in order to reassess the field's present vision of contract law. It engages a critical search for the fault lines which cross traditions of thought and globalized landscapes. Comparative Contract Law is built around four main groups of insights, including: the genealogies of contractual theoretical thinking; the contentious relationship between private governance and normative regulations; the competing styles used to stage contract law; and the concurring opinions expressed within the domain of other disciplines, such as literature and political theory. The chapters in the book tease out the tensions between a global context and local frameworks as well as the movable thresholds between canonical expressions and heterodox constructions.

‘Comparative Contract Law redefines approaches to comparative law by incorporating what might be called "internal comparative law", while also exploring transnational law, party autonomy, and the legal environment beyond states and their diverse legal systems. The book is also innovative given its inclusion of comparative studies in law and economics and law and literature, which shows that disciplines that are usually considered to be "external" to law are indeed relevant for the assessment and for the reform of law.’
– Sebastian McEvoy, University of Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, France

‘This is a cracking collection of essays, emphasising that comparative law is not simply a matter of comparing jurisdictions, but of tracing history and crossing disciplines too. Comparative Contract Law has something for everybody; the legal theorist, the legal historian, the literary jurist, the international lawyer and the common law contract lawyer. Professor Monateri and his contributors have done the discipline of critical comparative law proud. An essential read for anyone interested in exploring the intellectual parameters of contract law, past and present.’
– Ian Ward, Newcastle University, UK

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2017 576 pp Hardback 978 1 84980 451 6 £175.00 £157.50 $260.00 $234.00

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