Coverage and Structure of the Academic Common Frame of Reference

Christian von Bar 1 , 1
  • 1 Professor of law and director of the European Legal Studies Institute of the University of Osnabrück (Germany), FBA.


The paper discusses the aims and purposes of the Common Frame of Reference (CFR) and describes the scope and structure of the Academic Draft to be delivered up to the European Commssion by the end of 2007 and to be published in an interim outline edition early in 2008. The author explains how the acquis communautaire and the PECL are integrated and why the Academic Draft Common Frame of Reference will also cover non-contractual obligations and, in its final version, even extend to certain matters of movable property law. Together with this final version all comparative material which has been collected over the last ten years by the respective groups and their working teams will be available in print in the second half of 2009. The paper also discusses some political developments relating to the CFR.

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