The main bulk of the reading for the seminars will be from the following book:
Hugh Beale, Bénédicte Fauvarque-Cosson, Jacobien Rutgers, Denis Tallon & Stefan Vogenauer, Cases, Materials and Text on Contract Law (2nd edn, Hart Publishing 2010).
Students should have regular access to this book over the academic year. The readings from this book will be supplemented by journal articles, other books, and – in particular – cases from the various jurisdictions.
For an excellent overview of Comparative Contract Law see Konrad Zweigert & Hein Kötz, An Introduction to Comparative Law (3rd edn., trans. Tony Weir, OUP 1998)
While this book is a ‘classic’ and provides both an excellent introduction and very helpful comparative summaries of the topics, it is somewhat dated. Students may prefer to read the book in the library instead of buying it.
For those interested in the three jurisdictions at the heart of this course, the following books are recommended:
I. English contract law:
1. Ewan McKendrick, Contract Law (9th edn., palgrave macmillan 2011) (a concise and accurate presentation of the English position on nearly all the topics discussed in this course)
2. Edwin Peel, Treitel’s Law of Contract (13th edn., Sweet & Maxwell 2011) (for more detail)
II. U.S. American Contract Law:
1. E. Allan Farnsworth, United States Contract Law (rev. ed., Juris Publishing 1999) (a very short introduction)
2. E. Allan Farnsworth, Contracts (4th edn. Aspen Publishers 2004) (for more detail)
III. German Contract Law:
Basil Markesinis, Angus Johnston & Hannes Unberath, The German Law of Contract (2nd edn. Hart Publishing 2006)