Principles of Latin American Contract Law (PLACL)

The project aims to examine the nature and purposes of the eventual harmonization of contract law in Latin America, through the analysis, in particular, of the most recent academic initiative on the subject, the Latin American Principles of Contract Law (Principios Latinoamericanos de Derecho de los Contratos - PLDC).

The purpose of the project is to study and evaluate the process of harmonization of contract law in Latin America. With this aim, experts from the UK, Europe and Latin America will examine the most recent effort on the subject, the Latin American Principles of Contract Law (Principios Latinoamericanos de Derecho de los Contratos - PLDC). The PLDC will be analysed from historical and comparative perspectives. The evaluation will include their general assessment with regard to other similar academic or institutional initiatives; and also the examination and comparative analysis of the main subjects covered by the Principles, such as the concept of contract, performance, non-performance and remedies. Therefore, the project will intend to answer the questions about the necessity and suitability of the Principles and their provisions in the Latin American and global context. Finally, the Conference will serve as an introduction of the Principles to a UK and European audience, as well as a platform for further research and collaboration between academics from Europe and Latin America. 

As one of the proposed outcomes of this project, an international conference titled The Future of Latin American Contract Law was held at Keble College on 25th June 2015.