On 1 October 2016 a major reform of the provisions of the French Civil Code came into force, dealing with the law of contract, the general regime of obligations, and proof of obligations. John Cartwright and Simon Whittaker, together with Professor Bénédicte Fauvarque-Cosson (Université Panthéon-Assas, Paris II), were commissioned by the French Ministry of Justice to prepare an official English translation of the new provisions, which can be seen on the Ministry website.

A workshop, hosted by the Institute and by St John’s College, was held in St John’s College from 21 to 23 September, attended by comparative lawyers from Oxford and elsewhere in the UK, French civil lawyers with interests in comparative law, and professors from Italy, Spain and Germany giving a perspective of the reforms from the points of view of their national codifications. The workshop was a great success, with an intense study of the provisions of the reform, and fruitful exchange of views, and the papers will be revised and published in the Institute’s series of publications during 2017.