John Cartwright is Emeritus Professor of the Law of Contract, and Emeritus Student (Fellow) of Christ Church. He was Official Student (Fellow and Tutor) in Law at Christ Church from 1982 to 2018, and Professor of the Law of Contract in the University from 2008 to 2018. (He was Lecturer in Law from 1982 until 2004, then Reader in the Law of Contract from 2004 to 2008.) He is also a Solicitor. From 2007 to 2017 he was Professor of Anglo-American Private Law at the University of Leiden and for a number of years he was professeur invité at the University of Paris II (Panthéon-Assas), where he is now professeur contractuel de droit privé. His research interests are in the fields of English and comparative private law, especially contract and land law. From 2015 to 2018 he was Director of the Oxford Law Faculty's Institute of European and Comparative Law, and he remains a Research Fellow of the Institute.


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  • J Beatson, A Burrows and J Cartwright, Anson's Law of Contract (31st edn OUP 2020)
    New edition of classic text on contract law.
    ISBN: 9780198829973
  • J Cartwright, 'Freedom of Contract, Judicial Control and Remedies for Non-performance: Comparative Reflections from English Law' in (ed), Liberté, Justesse, Autorité: Mélanges en l'honneur du professeur Laurent Aynès (LGDJ 2019)
    Comparative (French law/English law) discussion of recent developments in remedies for contractual non-performance.
    ISBN: 9782275065182
  • J Cartwright, 'Information Obligations and Disinformation of Consumers: English Law Report' in Gert Straetmans (ed), Information Obligations and Disinformation of Consumers (Springer 2019)
    Report from the perspective of English law on precontractual information duties in consumer contracts, in a project prepared for the International Academy of Comparative Law at its General Congress in 2018.
    ISBN: 9783030180539
  • J Cartwright, 'Insights from Outside the Common Law' in Warren Swain and David Campbell (eds), Reimagining Contract Law Pedagogy (Routledge 2019)
    Discussion of the benefits of looking outside the common law in teaching contract law to common law students.
    ISBN: 9781138036925
  • J Cartwright, Introducción al Derecho Inglés de los Contratos (Thomson Reuters Aranzadi 2019)
    Spanish translation of "Contract Law: An Introduction to the English Law of Contract for the Civil Lawyer" (3rd edn, Hart Publishing, 2016). Translated by Prof Juan Pablo Murga Fernández and edited by Prof Francisco Capilla Roncero (University of Seville).
    ISBN: 9788413081724
  • J Cartwright and S Whittaker, 'Introduction to the English Translation' in F Ancel and B Fauvarque-Cosson (eds), Le Nouveau Droit des Contrats: Guide Bilingue à l'Usage des Praticiens (LGDJ 2019)
    Introduction to the English translation (made by J Cartwright, S Whittaker and B Fauvarque-Cosson) of the new provisions of the French Civil Code on the law of contract, created by Ordonnance in 2016 and amended by Loi in 2018. The short chapter is designed to explain certain aspects of the approach taken in translating the text, and legal and linguistic difficulties encountered in composing the translation. The (bilingual) translation follows the Introduction.
    ISBN: 9782275064925
  • J Cartwright, 'Les nullités absolues: quel avenir? – Un regard étranger ' (2019) Revue des contrats 146
    Comparison between the notion of "nullité absolue" of a contract in French law, and the notions in English law of a contract being "void" or "unenforceable".
    ISBN: 9782275065595
  • J Cartwright, Misrepresentation, Mistake and Non-disclosure (5th edn Sweet & Maxwell 2019)
    Fifth edition of work originally published in 2002 (second edition 2007; third edition 2012; fourth edition 2016).
    ISBN: 9780414071186
  • J Cartwright, '"Commercial" Contracts: Do they exist in English Law?' in L Carvajal Arenas and A Toso Milos (eds), Estudios de Derecho Comercial (Thomson Reuters Chile 2018)
    Discussion of the commercial nature of the paradigm contract in English common law, and the absence of a formal legal category of "commercial contracts".
    ISBN: 9789563469745
  • J Cartwright, Formation and Variation of Contracts (2nd edn Sweet & Maxwell 2018)
    Second edition of book covering agreement (including pre-contractual negotiations), contract formalities, the doctrine of consideration, and promissory estoppel
    ISBN: 9780414067462
  • J Cartwright, 'Harmonisation Projects: Lessons from the European Experience? / Proyectos de armonización: ¿Lecciones de la experiencia europea?' (2018) Latin American Legal Studies 1
    Published in English with Spanish translation.
    In recent years a number of different projects of harmonisation of private law, and in particular contract law, have been developed at both the regional level and the international level. In Europe for twenty-five years efforts were made to work out a possible model for the harmonisation of contract law: by the end of 2014 this appeared not to have succeeded, but there are lasting results of the process which had a significant influence in the process of the reform of the law of contract in France in 2016. This illustrates the value which such projects can have, and can provide a lesson for other regions such as Latin America.
    ISBN: 0719-9104 (print) 0719-9112 (digital)
  • J Cartwright, B. Fauvarque-Cosson and S. Whittaker, La réécriture du code civil: Le droit français des contrats après la réforme de 2016 (Société de législation comparée 2018)
    French translation (with updates) of The Code Napoléon Rewritten: French Contract Law after the 2016 Reforms (Hart Publishing, 2017).
    ISBN: 9782365170741
  • J Cartwright, 'Defects of the Contract under Articles 27 to 37 of the Principles of Latin American Contract Law' in Rodrigo Momberg and Stefan Vogenauer (eds), The Future of Contract Law in Latin America (Hart Publishing 2017)
    Comparative discussion of the approach taken by the proposed Principles of Latin American Contract Law to defects in formation of the contract (mistake, fraud, threat, and gross disparity).
    ISBN: 9781509914272
  • J Cartwright, 'L'introduction au droit en Angleterre' in Rémy Cabrillac (ed), Qu'est-ce qu'une introduction au droit? (Dalloz 2017)
    Discussion (in French) of the methods used by English law faculties to introduce their students to the study of Law.
    ISBN: 9782247170654
  • J Cartwright and S Whittaker (eds), The Code Napoléon Rewritten: French Contract Law after the 2016 Reforms (Hart Publishing 2017)
    Edited volume of essays by French lawyers and comparative lawyers working on French law and other civil law systems, exploring in detail the new provisions on French contract law following the reforms made to the French civil code which came into force on 1 October 2016.
    ISBN: 9781509911608
  • J Cartwright, J Beatson and A Burrows, Anson's Law of Contract (30th edn Oxford University Press 2016)
    New edition of classic text on contract law.
    ISBN: 9780198734789
  • J Cartwright, Contract Law: An Introduction to the English Law of Contract for the Civil Lawyer (3rd edn Hart Publishing 2016)
    Third edition of book designed to introduce English contract law to lawyers with a civil law background.
    ISBN: 9781509902910
  • J Cartwright, Misrepresentation, Mistake and Non-Disclosure (4th edn Sweet & Maxwell 2016)
    Fourth edition of work originally published in 2002 (second edition 2007; third edition 2012).
    ISBN: 9780414057036
  • J Cartwright, 'Redelijkheid en billijkheid: a view from English law' in CG Breedveld-de Voogd, AG Castermans, MW Knigge, T van der Linden, HA ten Oever (ed), Core Concepts in the Dutch Civil Code. Continuously in Motion. (Wolters Kluwer 2016)
    ISBN: 9789013137255
  • J Cartwright, 'Un regard anglais sur les forces et faiblesses du droit français des contrats' (2015) Revue des contrats 691
    Assessment of proposals for reform of the provisions relating to contract law in the French civil code.
    ISBN: ISSN 1763-5594
  • J Cartwright, 'Una introducción al Derecho de contratos inglés' (2015) Crónica Jurídica Hispalense 15
    Overview (in Spanish) of the general principles of the English law of contract, emphasising aspects which differentiate English law from civil law systems such as Spanish law.
    ISBN: 1887-2689
  • J Cartwright, 'Equity's Connivance in the Evasion of Formalities' in E. Koops and W.J. Zwalve (eds), Law & Equity: Approaches in Roman Law and Common Law (2014)
    Examination of the consequences of the failure to comply with formality requirements in property transactions in English law, and comparisons with Roman law.
    ISBN: 978900426219-5
  • J Cartwright, Formation and Variation of Contracts (Sweet & Maxwell 2014)
    Book discussing in detail the law on pre-contractual negotiations and the formation of the agreement, contractual formalities, and the doctrines of consideration and promissory estoppel as they apply in both the formation of a contract and the variation of an existing contract.
    ISBN: 9781847038029
  • J Cartwright and M Schmidt-Kessel, 'Defects in Consent: Mistake, Fraud, Threats, Unfair Exploitation' in Gerhard Dannemann and Stefan Vogenauer (eds), The Common European Sales Law in Context (Oxford University Press 2013)
    Comparison of English law on defects in consent in the formation of a contract with German law and European private law (the proposed Common European Sales Law and the Draft Common Frame of Reference).
    ISBN: 9780199678907
  • J Cartwright, ''Authenticity' and 'Authentic Instruments': The Perspective of English Law' in L. Aynès (ed), L'authenticité (La documentation Française 2013)
    Comparative discussion of English law and French law provisions regarding formalities for private law transactions (contract and property) with focus on the absence from English law of notarised and other 'authentic' instruments. Part of published proceedings of Commission on Authenticité established by the Conseil supérieur du notariat, France under the direction of Professor Laurent Aynès.
    ISBN: 9782110095879
  • J Cartwright, Contract Law: An Introduction to the English Law of Contract for the Civil Lawyer, 2nd edn (Hart Publishing 2013)
    Second edition of book designed to introduce English contract law to lawyers with a civil law background.
    ISBN: 9781849464796
  • J Cartwright, 'La preuve en droit continental et en common law - Le point sur la preuve en matière des contrats en droit anglais.' (2013) La Semaine Juridique Notariale et Immobilière 26
    Discussion of the significance of writing in English law of contract. Article is in French.
    ISBN: 0242-5785
  • J Cartwright, Misrepresentation, Mistake and Non-Disclosure, 3rd edn (Sweet & Maxwell 2012)
    Third edition of work originally published in 2002 (second edition 2007).
    ISBN: 9780414049550
  • J Cartwright, ''Choice is Good.' Really?' (2011) 7 European Review of Contract Law 335
    Discussion of the option 4 (the 'Optional Instrument') in the Commission's Green Paper on policy options for progress towards a European Contract Law for consumers and businesses (2010). [Paper first presented at SECOLA conference, Leuven, January 2011.]
    ISBN: 1614-9920
  • J Cartwright and EH Burn, Cheshire and Burn's Modern Law of Real Property, 18th edition (Oxford University Press 2011)
    New edition of established text on Land Law
    ISBN: 978-0-19-959340-8
  • J Cartwright, 'Defects of Consent in Contract Law' in AS Hartkamp, MW Hesselink, EH Hondius, C Mak, CE du Perron (ed), Towards a European Civil Code, 4th edn (Kluwer Law International 2011)
    Comparative discussion of defects of consent (mistake, misrepresentation, fraud, duress, etc) in English, French and German contract law and under the Draft Common Frame of Reference.
    ISBN: 978-90-411-3357-1
  • J Cartwright, 'La réception linguistique de l’avant-projet de réforme: traduire l’avant-projet en anglais' in Pierre Catala (ed), L’art de traduction: L’accueil international de l’avant-projet de réforme du droit des obligations (Editions Panthéon-Assas 2011)
    Discussion of difficulties of translation of the l’avant-projet de réforme du droit des obligations into English; publication of paper originally given at colloquium at the Senate, Paris, on 1 April 2008.
    ISBN: 978-2-913397-99-6
  • J Cartwright, 'Liability in Tort for Pre-Contractual Non-Disclosure' in A Burrows and E Peel (eds), Contract Formation and Parties (OUP 2010)
    Discussion and criticism of recent cases holdinbg that a fraudulent breach of a duty of disclosure is actionable within the tort of deceit.
    ISBN: 9780199583706
  • J Cartwright, J Beatson and A Burrows, Anson's Law of Contract (29th edn OUP 2010)
    New edition of classic text on contract law
    ISBN: 9780199282470
  • J Cartwright, 'The English Law of Contract: Time for Review?' (2009) 17 European Review of Private Law 155
    Discussion of aspects of the English law of contract which are in need of reform, and the mechanisms by which reform can be achieved. Revised text of Inaugural Lecture delivered on 7 October 2008 in acceptance of the Chair of Anglo-American Private Law at the University of Leiden.
    ISBN: 0928-9801
  • J Cartwright, 'Interpretation of English Law in Light of the Common Frame of Reference' in H. Snijders and S. Vogenauer (eds), Content and Meaning of National Law in the Context of Transnational Law (Sellier 2009)
    Discussion of how English courts may be faced with interpreting the Cmmon Frame of Reference, with particular reference to duties of good faith in negotiation and performance of contacts.
    ISBN: 9783866531277
  • J Cartwright, S Vogenauer and S Whittaker (eds), Reforming the French Law of Obligations (Hart Publishing 2009)
    Edited volume of comparative reflections on the Avant-projet de réforme du droit des obligations et de la prescription, based on papers from colloquium held in March 2007. Articles by J. Cartwright at pp. 51-70 (‘Negotiation and Renegotiation: An English Perspective’), pp. 359-380 (‘Reforming the French Law of Prescription: An English Perspective’); and pp. 409-411 (Summary of discussions); jointly with S. Whittaker at pp. 425-444 (‘Translating the Avant-projet de réforme’) and translation of the Avant-projet into English (pp. 479-915, odd numbered pages). Whole volume edited by J. Cartwright, S. Vogenauer and S. Whittaker
    ISBN: 9781841138053
  • J Cartwright, 'The Fiction of the 'Reasonable Man'' in AG Castermans, J Hijma, KJO Jansen, P Memelink, HJ Snijders, CJJM Stolker (ed), Ex Libris Hans Nieuwenhuis (Kluwer 2009)
    The 'reasonable man' appears in tort, contract and criminal law, but personifies different standards in each. So the 'reasonable man' is a fiction.
    ISBN: 9789013069228
  • J Cartwright, 'Unilateral Mistake in the English Courts: Reasserting the Traditional Approach' (2009) Singapore Journal of Legal Studies 226 [Case Note]
    Case note on Statoil ASA v Louis Dreyfus Energy Services LP
  • J Cartwright and E H Burn, Maudsley & Burn\'s Land Law Cases & Materials, 9th edition (OUP 2009)
    Case book on Land Law
    ISBN: 9780199226177
  • J Cartwright, 'Analyse comparée de la responsabilité précontractuelle dans les droits européens' in O. Deshayes (ed), L’avant-contrat: Actualité du processus de formation des contrats (PUF, collection CEPRISCA 2008)
    Comparison of the approaches of different European legal systems to liability between parties during the negotiations for a contract. Published paper from conference on ‘L’avant-contrat’, Le Centre de droit privé et de sciences criminelles d’Amiens, Université de Picardie Jules Verne, 4 April 2007.
    ISBN: 978-2-95187-128-1
  • J Cartwright, 'L’obligation de négocier? Un domaine de concurrence entre droit anglais et droit français des contrats.' in J. du Bois de Gaudusson and F. Ferrand (eds), La Concurrence des Systèmes Juridiques (Presses Universitaires d’Aix-Marseille 2008)
    Comparison of the different approaches of French and English law to the acceptance (or not) of an obligation to negotiate during the precontractual phase. Published paper from conference on ‘La concurrence des systèmes juridiques’, Institut de droit comparé Edouard Lambert, Lyon, 20 October 2006
    ISBN: 9782731406245
  • J Cartwright and M Hesselink, Precontractual Liability in European Private Law (Cambridge University Press 2008)
    A volume within the Common Core of European Private Law: a comparative study of the legal nature of the precontractual phase and the liability which may follow a break-off of precontractual negotiations. The study comprises specialist reports from 16 national legal systems, and other perspectives, with Editors' introduction and conclusions.
    ISBN: 9780521516013
  • J Cartwright, 'Excluding Liability for Misrepresentation' in A Burrows and E Peel (eds), Contract Terms (Oxford University Press 2007)
    Published version of paper from Oxford-Norton Rose Colloquium 2006.
    ISBN: 978 0 19 922937 6
  • J Cartwright, 'Protecting Legitimate Expectations and Estoppel: English Law' in B Fauvarque-Cosson (ed), La Confiance Légitime et l'Estoppel (Société de Législation Comparée 2007)
    Discussion of the role of estoppel and the protection of legitimate (or reasonable) expectations in English contract law. Contribution to the 17th Congress of the International Academy of Comparative Law, Utrecht, July 2006. Also published (separately) on-line in the Electronic Journal of Comparative Law at
    ISBN: 978 2 908199 53 6
  • J Cartwright, Contract Law: An Introduction to the English Law of Contract for the Civil Lawyer (Hart Publishing 2007)
    Book designed to introduce the lawyer who is trained in a civil law jurisdiction to the common law, and to the English law of contract.
    ISBN: 978 1 84113 577 9
  • J Cartwright, Misrepresentation, Mistake and Non-Disclosure (Sweet & Maxwell 2007)
    Second edition, updated and expanded to cover mistake as well as misrepresentation and non-disclosure
    ISBN: 0 421 87720 0
  • J Cartwright, 'Cour de Cass, Ass Plén, 6 décembre 2004: English case note' (2006) 14 European Review of Private Law 789 [Case Note]
    Comparative (English/French law)case note on recent leading decision in French law on the transfer of the benefit of a rent guarantee.
    ISBN: 0928-9801
  • J Cartwright and EH Burn, Cheshire and Burn\'s Modern Law of Real Property, 17th edition (OUP 2006)
    Revised and re-structured edition of established text on Land Law.
    ISBN: 0199285330
  • J Cartwright, 'Case study (English law)' in R. Sefton-Green (ed), Mistake, Fraud and Duties to Inform in European Contract Law: Common Core of European Contract Law (CUP 2005)
    English law contribution to a comparative study on mistake, fraud and duties to inform.
    ISBN: 0 521 84423 1
  • J Cartwright, 'Cour de Cass, 26.11.2003 - 'Perte de Chance': English case note' (2005) 13 European Review of Private Law 455 [Case Note]
    Comparative case note on a decision of the Cour de cassation
    ISBN: 0928-9801
  • J Cartwright, 'The Rise and Fall of Mistake in the English Law of Contract' in R. Sefton-Green (ed), Mistake, Fraud and Duties to Inform in European Contract Law: Common Core of European Contract Law (CUP 2005)
    An article tracing the development of the doctrine of mistake in contract, from the mid-19th Century to the start of the 21st Century
    ISBN: 0 521 84423 1
  • J Cartwright, 'Compensatory Damages: Some Central Issues of Assessment' in A Burrows and E Peel (eds), Commercial Remedies: Current Issues and Problems (OUP 2003)
    Assessment of the recent approaches of the courts (and in particular the House of Lords) to the assessment of damages for breach of contract. Publishing contributions to colloquium.
    ISBN: 0 19 926465 1
  • J Cartwright, 'Formality and Informality in Property and Contract' in J Getzler (ed), Rationalizing Property, Equity and Trusts: Essays in Honour of Edward Burn (Lexis Nexis 2003)
    ISBN: 0 406 9 6440 8
  • J Cartwright, 'Common Mistake in Common Law and in Equity' (2002) 118 Law Quarterly Review 196 [Case Note]
    Case note on Great Peace Shipping Ltd v Tsavliris Salvage (International) Ltd (Toulson J).
    ISBN: 0023-933X
  • J Cartwright, 'Defects of Consent and Security of Contract: French and English Law Compared' in P Birks and A Pretto (eds), Themes in Comparative Law in Honour of Bernard Rudden (OUP 2002)
    ISBN: 0 19 925856 2
  • J Cartwright, Misrepresentation (Sweet and Maxwell 2002)
    Book within the Sweet and Maxwell Contract Law Library (covering claims in contract, tort and under statute for misrepresentation and non-disclosure).
    ISBN: 0 421 626 704
  • J Cartwright, 'Academic member' (2000) Chancery Bar Association
    Membership by invitiation since 2011
  • J Cartwright, 'Law of Contract: Recent Developments and Current Issues' (2000) Ministry of Justice Judicial College Judicial College Civil Continuation Seminars
    Regular presentations since 2008 as part of Ministry of Justice continuous training for judges.
  • J Cartwright, 'Member of Commission on ‘Authenticité’ established by the Conseil Supérieur du Notariat, France' (2000)
    The Conseil Supérieur du Notariat has established a Commission to investigate the notion of 'authenticité' in the modern law - in essence, the role (common in civil law systems) of a Notary in authenticating legal documents. I have been invited to participate as representing a common law system which does not use notarisation of documents.


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Contract, Tort, Property Law, Comparative Law

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