Centre for the Study of European Contract Law

European Parliament Multiple Framework Service Contract

Contract No IP/C/JURI/FWC/2015-002/LOT 2/C3

In January 2016 the CSECL signed a service contract for the provision of external expertise to the European Parliament's Committee on Legal Affairs in the field of Contract law (lot 2).

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The research team consist of Prof. M.W. Hesselink, Prof. H. Beale, Prof. A.A.H. van Hoek, Prof. M.B.M. Loos, Prof C. Mak, Prof. A. Veneziano and Dr J.A. Luzak.
On the European Parliament's request they will provide their expertise on European contract law in a form of notes, briefings, in-depth analyses and studies. This should strengthen the Committee’s knowledge on the subject and enable her to respond to proposals made by the European Commission and provide a solid basis for some of the Committee’s own initiatives. The framework contract will run until 30 June 2019.

Lot 2 Contract Law

With a view to removing cross-border trade barriers resulting from divergent national contract laws affecting both businesses and consumers, the EU is moving towards a European contract law. Having been very active in promoting greater harmonisation in the field of contract law, the European Parliament's Committee on Legal Affairs seeks the highest quality and most independent expertise in this specific area.
The selected experts are required to have an in-depth knowledge of:

  • the EU acquis in the field of contract law and related aspects such as consumer law and private international law rules on contracts;
  • the comparative assessment of national legal systems and case-law in the above-mentioned areas;
  • the relevant case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union in these areas;
  • previous codification initiatives such as the Common Frame of Reference and the academic draft thereof;
  • the political debate and the legal issues at stake during the drafting of the proposal for a Regulation on the Common European Sales Law (CESL) and the ongoing legislative procedure, including the interaction between the CESL and private international law rules;
  • the regulatory challenges brought by the digital environment, including the question of adapting contract law to digital content and services with specific regard to the legal issues in cloud computing contracts;
  • the political and legal issues at stake on those topics in the European Parliament in the previous and present legislature.

In addition, the experts are required to use a multidisciplinary approach to ensure that no dimension inherent to the advice required is neglected. In this respect, the experts shall have a very good understanding of the legal and economic dimensions relevant for assessing the process of building a European contract law and be able to provide thorough analyses of the economic and legal factors of such a process.

Published by  CSECL

11 July 2016