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75 Tul. L. Rev. 1015 (2000-2001)
Comparative Law and Lawmaking

handle is hein.journals/tulr75 and id is 1035 raw text is: Comparative Law and Lawmaking

Ole Lando*
I.   ULIS, ULFIS, AND THE CISG .................................................. 1017
11. THE PECL AND THE UNIDROIT PRINCIPLES: THEIR
PuRPosE AND THE SUBJEcTs TREATED .................................... 1018
III. How THE CECL AND THE UNIDROIT GROUP WORK ........... 1020
IV. CONSENSUS OR DISAGREEMENT9 ............................................. 1022
V.   THE SOuRcES OF INSPIRATION .................................................. 1025
VI.  SALiENTFEATURES      ................................................................... 1028
A.   Freedom of Contract ........................................................ 1028
B.   R eliance  ............................................................................ 1028
C.   Good Faith and Fair Dealing ......................................... 1030
D.   Simplicity ofLanguage .................................................... 1031
E.   Rules Rich in Implications ............................................... 1032
In this Article, I shall not do what has been expected of me. I
shall not treat in general terms the use of foreign, international, and
comparative material by legislators and courts.' Instead, I will
describe how the various laws and legal material influenced those who
made the Principles of European Contract Law2 (PECL), which were
prepared by the Commission on European Contract Law (CECL), and
the Principles of International Commercial Contracts (UN[DROIT
Principles or UNIDROIT), which were drafted by a working group
*    Professor Emeritus, Copenhagen Business School (Denmark); President of the
Commission of European Contract Law.
1.   See, e.g., JAN KROPHOLLER, INTERNATIONALES EINEIrrsREcHT: ALLGEMEINE
LEHREN 3 (Tfibingen 1975); KONRAD ZWEIGERT & HEIN KoTz, INTRODUCTION TO
COMPARATIVE LAW §§ 1-4, at 1-62 (Tony Weir trans., 3d ed. 1998); Helmut Coing,
Rechtsvergleichung als Grundlage von Gesetzgebung im 19. Jahrhundert, in Jus COMMUNE
VII (1978); Ren6 David, The International Unification ofPrivate Law, in 2 INTERNATIONAL
ENCYCLOPEDIA OF COMPARATiVE LAW ch.5 (1971).
2.   COMM'N OF EUROPEAN CONTRACr LAW, PRINCIPLES OF EUROPEAN CONTRAcr
LAW, PART I: PERFORMANCE, NoN-PERFORMANCE AND REMEDIES (Ole Lando & Hugh Beale
eds., 1995) [hereinafter PECL 1]; CoMM'N OF EUROPEAN CONTRACT LAW, PRINCIPLES OF
EUROPEAN CoNTRACr LAW, PARTS I & II (Ole Lando & Hugh Beale eds., 2000) [hereinafter
PECL I]. On PECL II, see Ole Lando, Some Features of the Law of Contract in the Third
Millennium, 40 ScANDINAViAN STUD. L. 343, 402 (2000).
3.   INT'L INST. FORTHE UNIFICATION OF PRIVATE LAW, PRINCIPLES OF INTERNATIONAL
COMMRiCAL CONTRACTS, at xx, 256 (1994) [hereinafter UNIDROIT PRNCIPLES].
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