In a clear, cogent and beautifully delivered speech to the Stockholm conference Professor Ingeborg Schwenzer of the University of Basel addressed the topic “Drafting new model rules on sales: CFR as an alternative to the CISG?” The speech was an impressive one which made many good points and provided much food for thought. Read more... Comments (0)
If we take a long-term view and ignore certain political and transitional difficulties (and it is admittedly a big IF) it is easy to answer the question “Why European private law rather than national private laws?” For a single internal market to operate with 28 or more different private laws on such matters as contract, delict and movable property is wasteful, inefficient and non-competitive. It does not make sense. We simply do not need so many laws. To answer the question “Why European private law rather than global private law?” is more difficult. Read more... Comments (0)
The European Scrutiny Committee of the UK House of Commons has concluded that the proposal for a Common European Sales Law “does not respect the principle of subsidiarity”. This is an astonishing conclusion. Read more... Comments (0)
Only four reasoned opinions objecting to the Proposal for a Common European Sales Law on the ground that it infringed the subsidiarity principle were received by the EU institutions within the 8 week deadline allowed under the Protocol on the application of the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality. Read more... Comments (0)
Last week I attended an excellent conference in Rome on “The Making of European Private Law”. I will report on the conference later. This post is just to pass on some news which emerged on its fringes. Anna Veneziano has been appointed as the new deputy Secretary-General of the Unidroit Institute. Read more...
In preparation for the next meeting of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) to be held in New York from 25 June to 6 July 2012 Switzerland has submitted a proposal to the secretariat for the undertaking of work in the area of contract law. At the Rome conference last week on “The Making of European Private Law” Renaud Sorieul, the UNCITRAL Secretary, indicated that the secretariat would see a particular interest in this proposal. Read more...
On 27 November an Interparliamentary Committee Meeting on the proposal for a Common European Sales Law was held at the European Parliament. The meeting brought together MEPs and Members of national parliaments. It was addressed by a number of powerful and impressive speakers. Read more... Comments (0)