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European Review of Contract Law

Managing Editor: Grundmann, Stefan

4 Issues per year

Aims and Scope

This Journal deals with contract law and serves as a pan-European platform for discussion and analysis. The concept of a European Contract Law is still rather recent: the phrase was first coined in the 1990s. Since the early 2000s when this journal was created, European Contract Law has come to encompass an increasingly comprehensive body of law. There were three driving forces behind this development: the EC harmonisation of laws in the area of the internal market, a generally increased interest in comparative law discussions in contract law, and the European Commission’s Communication on European Contract Law, the Commission’s Action Plan and the Common Frame of Reference process. These developments brought about a changed climate of discussion. The foundations of contract law, examined from many perspectives and in view of various national legal systems and an increasing number of disciplines, are currently being discussed in great detail in the European arena. In 10 years contract law may be the first area of European private law to be regulated in a fully fleshed out European Code.

European Contract Law comprises diverse areas of the law such as sales, standard contract terms, distribution chains, marketing practices, research and development agreements, contract law copyright aspects, financial and investment services contracts, insurance contracts and e-commerce as well as non-discrimination within and beyond labour law and more generally, important aspects of labour contracts and other symbiotic contracts.

The importance and breadth of the field and the methods and questions involved are such that ERCL has established itself as the specialised European journal in this area. Since 2004 the standard of information and discussions on this platform have been consolidated: ERCL discusses the body of law in three sections: articles, case law, and literature on EC Contract Law. This takes place mainly in book reviews and, in addition, contains short sections on the most recent EC legislation, sectoral developments, national developments and other news. The Review focuses on existing law at the EC level and all rules influencing the formation, content and execution of contracts from default rules to regulation, from marketing aspects to the content of contracts, from consumer (and also labour) law to general contract law. The Review is open to a variety of approaches and provides the opportunity to read traditional 'dogmatic' explanations of the upcoming and existing law, assessments through comparative law studies as well as economic analysis and discussions of the philosophical foundations and major structural features. The Review is and has been the site of intense discussion of proposals for codification or, more generally, systemisation and comprehensive development of contract law at the EC level. The European Contract Law Code is too realistic an option and much too important not to be thoroughly discussed as transparently as possible with as many competing ideas and approaches as possible. Several special issues have followed this process in great detail. The journal is meant to help in establishing a functional market of ideas in one of the core areas of private law and one of the most important areas of European private law. ERCL is the journal covering this large body of law and the modern solutions to the problems encountered.

Instructions for Authors

Accompanied by an abstract of not more than 200 words, please address manuscripts to Prof. Dr. Dr. Stefan Grundmann, who acts on behalf of the editorial board (Juristische Fakultät, Unter den Linden 6, D-10099 Berlin or Stefan.Grundmann@rewi.hu-berlin.de). Manuscripts will only be accepted on the condition that they have not previously been published or accepted for publication elsewhere. The editorial board may make exceptions to this rule, particularly if the previous or concurrent publication was or is not in English.

Manuscripts should conform to the House Style of the Journal. Articles should not exceed 8.000 words. As well as publishing articles normally in English, they may be accepted in French and German as well. When submitting his or her manuscript, an author will be required to assure that he or she is exclusively entitled to dispose of the copyright to his or her contribution (including drawings, sketches and tables, as it may be), and that its publication does not infringe on the rights of third parties. Articles in the Review are peer reviewed. The editorial board will, in general, inform the author within six weeks as to whether his or her manuscript has been accepted for publication, or what revisions, before publication, are necessary. When granting permission to publish in the Review, an author will be required to assign his or her copyright to the publisher to the extent specified in the letter of acceptance.

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Managing Editor

Prof. Dr. Dr. Stefan Grundmann, LL.M., Berlin

Managing Board

Prof. Hugh Collins, London

Prof. Muriel Fabre-Magnan, Paris

Prof. Dr. Martijn W. Hesselink, Amsterdam

Prof. Vincenzo Roppo, Genova

Consulting Board

Prof. Avv. Guido Alpa, Genova/Roma

Prof. Hugh Gurney Beale, Warwick/London

Prof. Avv. Cesare M. Bianca, Roma

Prof. Jacques Caillosse, Paris

Prof. Bénédicte Fauvarque-Cosson, Paris

Prof. Dr. Daniel Friedmann, LL.M., Tel Aviv

Prof. Gerrit De Geest, Utrecht

Prof. Dr. Fernando Gómez, Barcelona

Prof. James R. Gordley, Berkeley

Dr. Aristides Hatzis, LL.M., Ph.D., Athens

Prof. Dr. Johnny Herre, Stockholm

Prof. Dr. Dr. Dres. h.c. Klaus J. Hopt, Hamburg

Prof. Christophe Jamin, Paris

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Konstantinos Kerameus, Athens

Prof. Dr. Ole Lando, Frederiksberg/Copenhagen

Prof. Dr. Brigitta Lurger, LL.M. (Harvard), Graz

Prof. Ugo Mattei, Torino

Prof. Dr. Denis Mazeaud, Paris

Prof. António Pinto Monteiro, Coimbra

Prof. Horatia Muir Watt, Paris

Prof. Dr. Jerzy Rajski, Warsaw

Prof. Dr. Robert Rebhahn, Wien

Prof. Dr. Karl Riesenhuber, M.C.J., Bochum

Prof. Dr. Martin Schauer, Wien

Prof. Jules Stuyck, Leuven

Prof. Dr. Walter van Gerven, Leuven

Prof. Paul Varul, Tartu

Prof. Dr. Lajos Vékás, Budapest

Prof. Stephen R. Weatherill, Oxford

Prof. Dr. Harm Peter Westermann, Tübingen

Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Wilhelmsson, Helsinki

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