Ministry of Justice

Draft Common Frame of Reference: an assessment

Date: 09 February 2009

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A critical assessment of the content and possible role of the draft Common Frame of Reference for European contract law, published by the Academic Research Network in December 2007.

By Professor Simon Whittaker, St John's College, University of Oxford

The report assesses the usefulness of the draft Common Frame of Reference as a way of improving European Commission legislation in this area, its wider impact on European contract law and how it would relate to English contract law.