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Why Revise a Code of Obligations?[May 11]

Speaker: Prof. Christine Chappuis, University of Geneva Faculty of Law
Host: Prof. YE Lin, Renmin Law School
Time: 15:00-17:00, May 11, 2018
Venue: Conference Room 602, Mingde Law Building

    An important movement of revision of Civil Codes on the chapter of obligations is taking place in different countries, for example in France (revision of the law of contract, the general regime of obligations, and proof of obligations, completed), in Belgium (revision of the law of obligations near completion), in Switzerland (revision of the Code of obligations proposed but refused). China is in the process of adopting a New Civil Code too. This presentation will examine what lessons can be drawn from these endeavours. It will focus on issues such as the questions to be addressed by the provisions of a new or reformed Code of obligations, the sources legislators can draw on, and how to organise the reform process.

Biography of the speaker:

    CHRISTINE CHAPPUIS is a professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Geneva, Switzerland, where she teaches the law of obligations (contract and torts) and international sales. She has a strong interest in methodology which was part of her earlier teachings. Her research focuses on those fields as well as on international contracts and international harmonization of contract law. Former member of a group of colleagues working on a restatement of the Swiss law of obligations funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, she took part in the Working Group for the preparation of the third and fourth editions of the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts, and is a member of the Groupe de Travail Contrats Internationaux. Admitted to the Bar, she was active as counsel to Geneva law firms before joining the University in 1999. Former president of the Geneva Law Society, she was also president of the General Assembly of Professors of the University of Geneva and Dean of the Faculty of Law. She is author and editor of several important books and papers focusing, among others, on contract practice and harmonization of contract law. She obtained her PhD grade in 1989 and received the Walter Hug prize among other honours.¡¡

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