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Remedies for Breach of Contract: The Future Development of Scots Law in its European and International Context

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)200-26
Number of pages26
JournalEdinburgh Law Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1997


This paper, first presented on 21 October 1995 at a joint seminar of the Scottish Law Commission and the Faculty of Law, University of Edinburgh, on the subject of breach of contract, considers the future development of the law in this area, first by considering its history and current state in comparative terms and drawing the conclusion that it is characterised by a mixture of Civilian and Common Law elements; second, by comparing Scots law with the provisions on breach contained in recently published proposals for a harmonised law of contract (the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts, the Principles of European Contract law prepared by the Lando Commission, and the draft code for the United Kingdom prepared on behalf of the English Law Commission by Harvey McGregor in the late 1960s) and in international conventions on the sale of goods. Although Scots law emerges reasonably well from this exercise, there are a number of points to be taken on board in any future reform, as well as some insights into important underlying principles.

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