1 EJCCL 1 (2009)

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Introduction


1.     Why EJCCL?
The national and international market for law journals
is abundant, apparently. However, a commercial law
journal covering Europe as a whole is lacking. This is
an impediment to the development of commercial law
as a truly international (and, increasingly, European)
area of law.

Commercial law covers many fields of law, including
transport law, international trade law, insurance law,
sale of goods law (commercial transactions), securities
and payment-systems (bills of exchange, electronic
payments), e-commerce, arbitration law, agency,
litigation, conflict of laws and commercial dispute
resolution.

Commercial law journals exist in most Member States
(IHR, TBH, NTHR, RIW, LCMQ), but their focus
is mostly on national trade law and the impact of
international developments on national legal issues.
Commercial law is increasingly an international area of
law; many external sources of law exist. Often, these
have their own rules of (autonomous) construction
and specific systems for dispute resolution. Knowledge
of national and external sources of commercial law is
essential in contemporary legal practice; comparative
legal research is necessary. However, language barri-
ers may hinder practitioners, and case-law and other
sources are not easily accessible.

The European Journal of Commercial Contract Law
seeks to solve these difficulties by offering a reliable
and up-to-date international platform for practical,
principle-based and comparative legal research. From
this perspective, the developments regarding European
harmonisation or unification via non-binding prin-
ciples (Lando, Unidroit) and/or common frames of
references (DCFR) in various areas of the law deserve
careful attention.

2.     The Basic Concepts of EJCCL
EJCCL aims to play a major role in (international and
European) commercial law and offer the latest factual,
accessible and scientifically reliable information to legal
scholars, practitioners, courts and legislators. Its basic
concepts are therefore:

2.1.      Up-to-Date
In order to ensure accurate and up-to-date informa-
tion, the EJCCL will be published regularly. Four
issues will appear annually. EJCCL will include reliable


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overviews of current affairs regarding litigation, legisla-
tion and legal doctrine in the Member States.

2.2.    Comprehensive and Scientific
EJCCL will offer comprehensive information in key
areas of commercial law. Furthermore, it will meet
scientific requirements of the highest standards, includ-
ing having an excellent board of editors, reliable and
competent correspondents, a 'peer review' team and
first-rate contributors. The board of editors controls
the journal, and identifies topics and developments
which should be addressed. Correspondents and con-
tributors will offer information/overviews and high-
quality articles. Further attention from universities
and practitioners will be called for, and will enhance
the status of the journal (which aims at the highest
academic level, and equal esteem in legal practice).

2.3.    Accessible
Apart from quality as a standard, accessibility should
be ensured. The journal will offer clear and intelligible
information for academic audiences, as well as for legal
practitioners. Its main contributions and overviews of
current affairs will be 'user-friendly' and uniform.

3.     Structure of EJCCL
EJCCL consists of three parts:

- Leading articles
- Concise observations
- Overview of current case law and legislation
   (European Union/Member States).

Leading articles aim to disseminate and enhance legal
knowledge and scholarship in commercial law, in
accordance with the objectives of EJCCL. Concise
observations and overviews deal primarily with legal
practice and opinions.

                                 The Board of Editors



1. As Professor Harry Street remarks in his foreword to Roy
   Goode's renowned Commercial Law: 'any competent legal
   scholar can mug up the statutes and reported decisions in a
   field like commercial law and present an acceptable account
   of their import. The essence of commercial law is in com-
   mercial transactions. It by no means follows that the accident
   of litigation indicates fully how these transactions are carried
   out. What is called for is a synthesis of the theory underlying
   commercial relationships and the practice which governs
   their operation.'

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