Third Party Rights in Contract

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Abstract / Description of output

This chapter provides a comparative and historical study, ranging across civil law and common law systems, of the problems and pitfalls of codification with special reference to China and Scotland and the law of third party rights in contract. It provides arguments for the inclusion of a provision on this subject in the Chinese Contract Law and for a statutory modernization to rescue Scots law from the position of being, as one critic has put it, stuck in the seventeenth century. The chapter discusses the codification of third party rights in Scotland, Hong Kong and China. In third party rights codification, risk is inherent, not just in codifying, but in legislating generally. An aspect of the risk of fixation is the ‘disconnect’ which can open up between the text and what happens in court and in practice. The other possible hazard is incompleteness.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTowards a Chinese Civil Code
Subtitle of host publicationComparative and Historical Perspectives
EditorsLei Chen, C.H. (Remco) van Rhee
ISBN (Electronic)9789004204881
ISBN (Print)9789004204874
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Publication series

NameChinese and Comparative Law Series
ISSN (Print)2213-4875

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • China
  • civil law
  • codifications
  • Contract law
  • Hong Kong
  • Scotland
  • Third party rights


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