Studies of the Oxford Institute of European and Comparative Law is a series published by Hart Publishing which presents the research conducted at the Institute.

Better Regulation in EU Contracted Law edited by Esther van Schagen and Stephen Weatherill is volume 29 in the Series.

The book is the first to provide a critical investigation of EU better regulation from the perspective of EU contract law. The Commission's 'New Deal for EU Consumers' is one of the first EU contract law initiatives to implement both the newly revised Better Regulation Guidelines and the newly introduced combined evaluation of multiple Directives in the form of a 'fitness check'. This offers an opportunity to explore difficulties and best practices at a national level, as demonstrated by experience with the EU's Unfair Terms Directive. Both the fitness check and the impact assessment accompanying the New Deal should facilitate critical reflection on the design of EU contract law. The book addresses key questions. Do impact assessments favour business interests at the expense of a high level of consumer protection? Is the evaluation of EU contract law and the analysis in impact assessments in line with scientific standards? Has the fitness check revealed difficulties and success stories with EU measures at national level, and thereby facilitated anin-depth scrutiny of the design of EU contract law? Ultimately, is the potential of better regulation being realised?

 

 

The 28th volume in the series is French Civil Liability in Comparative Perspective edited by Jean-Sébastien Borghetti and Simon Whittaker.

The French law of torts or of extra-contractual liability is widely seen as exceptional. For long it was based on a mere five articles of the Civil Code of 1804, but on this foundatuion the courts and legal scholars have constructed liabilities for fault and strict liability of an extraordinary breadth and significance. While the rest of the general law of obligations (including contract) in the Civil Code was reformed in 2016 by executive ordonnance, this area was left aside, being the subject in 2017 of a proposal by the French Government for the legislative reform of the law of civil liability, a new legislative category to include both contractual and extra-contractual liability. This work considers important aspects of this developing area of French law in a series of essays by French lawyers and comparative lawyers working in French law and other civil law systems. In doing so, it provides insights into the doctrinal thinking and judgments of French lawyers as well as the possible directions in which this area of the law may be developed in the future.

 

 

The 27th volume in the series is New Economic Constitutionalism in Europe by George Gerapetritis.

The book focuses on the institutional mutation of constitutionalism following the major economic crisis in the Eurozone and globally. The main axis is that a new economic constitutionalism has arisen which trespasses on the conventional conceptual foundations and needs to be addressed with novel institutional vehicles. The author proposes an original and searching analysis of the significant constitutional evolutions that have taken place in member states in response to the global financial crisis. The book combines a sophisticated theoretical model of a new form of economic constitutionalism with detailed practical argumentation. This important new work provides a valuable addition to the understanding of this hugely important topic.

 

 

 

 

Discretion in EU Public Procurement Law, edited by Sanja Bogojevic, Xavier Groussot and Jörgen Hettner is the 26th volume in the series.

The EU public procurement regime has recently undergone an overhaul and now allows Member States and their contracting authorities to pursue strategic goals via public procurement, including environmental and social objectives. The extent to which such interests may be accommodated in the procurement process is ultimately determined by the broader legal context in which the EU public procurement regime exists, which raises pressing questions regarding the scope and limits of Member States' discretion. This volume scrutinises these new legal acts - particularly Directive 2014/24/EU - focusing on discretion and engaging with questions central to the public procurement regime against the EU legal backdrop, including internal market law and environment law, as well as law beyond the EU.

 

 

 

The 25th volume in the series is The Code Napoléon Rewritten: French Contract Law after the 2016 Reforms, edited by John Cartwright and Simon Whittaker.

The provisions of the French Civil Code governing the law of obligations remained largely unchanged since 1804 and have served as the model for civil codes across the world. In 2016, the French Government effected major reforms of the provisions on the law of contract, the general regime of obligations and proof of obligations. This book explores in detail the most interesting new provisions on French contract law in a series of essays by French lawyers and comparative lawyers working on French law and other civil law systems. The book is one of the publications which will result from the research project on Reform of the French Law of Obligations, developed within the IECL by John Cartwright and Simon Whittaker.

 

 

 

 


Online Markets and Offline Welfare Effects. A selection of papers presented at the conference organised by the Centre for Competition Law and Policy, held on 22 May 2017


 

Draft Ordonnance for the Reform of the Law of Contract, the General Regime of Obligations, and Proof of Obligations. Translation of the proposed new text by J. Cartwright, B. Fauvarque-Cosson and S. Whittaker


 

Trends in Retail Competition: Report of the 15th Annual Symposium on Competition Amongst Retailers and Suppliers. Report of the symposium held in May 2019