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Performance-Oriented Remedies in European Sale of Goods Law

By: Vanessa Mak
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Published: 15-01-2009
Format: Hardback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 244
ISBN: 9781841138930
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Series: Studies of the Oxford Institute of European and Comparative Law
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
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About Performance-Oriented Remedies in European Sale of Goods Law

Contractual remedies aimed at performance create a well-known rift between common law and civil law traditions, in the one existing in the shadow of damages, whilst in the other regarded as a generally enforceable right following from the contract. Developments in approximation of laws in Europe, in particular in consumer sales law, suggest however that a convergence of these approaches may be within reach. Putting the focus on the contract of sale, which as the most common type of contract may fulfil a leading role in the harmonisation process, this book aims to provide a model for further convergence of European sales laws, engaging with issues of contract theory and comparative law lying at the heart of the process. Independently from this, the comparison between different systems is used in order to highlight particular problems in the remedial schemes of individual systems and to see whether a better solution may be borrowed from elsewhere. Scaling the interests of sellers and buyers as reflected in national laws as well as in uniform sets of rules such as CISG and PECL, a plea is made for a primary position for performance-oriented remedies in the harmonisation of European sales law. In this context, special significance is attributed to the possibility of cure by the seller, which has both practical and conceptual links to the buyer's remedies aimed at performance.

Table Of Contents

2-Harmonisation of European Sale of Goods Laws
3-The Nature and Scope of Performance-Oriented Remedies
4-The Buyer's Entitlement to Specific Performance
5-Repair and Replacement
6-The Seller's Right to Cure
7-Cure: Enforcement, Limitations and the Hierarchy of Remedies


“an important addition to the literature
this is a book which will be of interest to many, and it deserves to be read widely.
” –  Christian Twigg-Flesner, Journal of Consumer Policy

“The thrust of Vanessa Mak's thesis … is a very rich comparative analysis of the 'performance-oriented remedies' in sale of goods contracts.

We have nothing but praise for the clarity, the courage and the intelligence with which Vanessa Mak develops what she hold to be the best remedial regime for a future unique European sales law

” –  Yves-Maries Laithier, European Review of Contract Law Volume 35, April 2010

“It is a crisp combination of comparative law expertise and obligations scholarship, with a clear end in mind; its exposition is correspondingly limpid and ordered.
This book is a well-written and excellent piece of work, and will be very valuable background reading for students and professors of contract and comparative law. It therefore comes with your reviwer's unreserved approval. Go out and buy it-or if you cannot do that, at least nag your library into getting it.
” –  Andrew Tettenborn, European Law Review Volume 35, April 2010

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