The Future of the Common Frame of Reference

Hugh Beale 1 , 1
  • 1 University of Warwick.


In this paper I explain what I, as one of the ‘academic researchers’, understand to the be the purposes of the Common Frame of Reference (‘CFR’), and why I think it deserves support from academic and practising lawyers and businesspeople across Europe. That support is particularly critical at this moment because at one point the European Commission seemed to be on the verge of abandoning the project. Despite recent words of encouragement from the new Commissioner for Health and Consumer Affairs, I am not sure that the danger has passed. I also consider the issue of ‘legitimacy’ of the project.

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