In French law, as in many other legal systems, a contract is defined as an agreement (consensus ad idem). The notion therefore seems foreign and even contradictory to the idea of unilateralism (i.e. the power of a single person to create some legal effect). However, not only is unilateralism present in French law, but it is expanding. This rise of unilateralism has its origins in comparative law and is driven by one main goal: to diminish the role of the judge in the interest of greater efficiency. The question therefore arises as to whether the powers of French judges will in future really be reduced or whether they will just be modified instead.


A sandwich lunch will be available from 12.30. The meeting will begin at 1pm.