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                                    Franz Werro
                                  Professor of Law




                            Comparative Law



              An Introduction to Comparative
                   and European Private Law




                      Georgetown University Law Center
                                Spring 2008
                 II


Monday/Wednesday 11:10 AM – 12:35 PM
                                         III



                                 SYLLABUS

PART I    AN INTRODUCTION TO COMPARATIVE LAW

          Legal Families Worldwide

Class 1   U. Mattei, Three Patterns of Law
1/14
          Comparative Law: What for ?

Class 2   J. Gordley, Is Comparative Law a Distinct Discipline?
1/16
          G. Fletcher, Comparative Law as a Subversive Discipline

Class 3   U.S. Supreme Court, 1 March 2005, Roper v. Simmons (excerpts)
1/23      G. Ajani, Legal Harmonization and Multilingualism in the Domain of Contract
          Law

          Comparative Law and Legal Tranplants

Class 4   P. Legrand, The Impossibility of Legal Transplants
1/28
          A. Watson, Legal Transplants and European Private Law

          The Civil Law Tradition

Class 5   K. Zweigert/H. Kötz,
1/30            The French Civil Code
                The German Civil Code
                Scandinavian Law

          Cass. Ch. Réun. 13 February 1930, Jand’heur v. Les galleries belfortaises

          BGH, 15 October 1970

          A Comparison with the Common Law Tradition

Class 6   K. Zweigert/H. Kötz, Law-Finding and Procedure in Common Law and Civil
2/4       Law

Class 7   Supreme Court of Alabama, 9 May 1997, BMW of North America, Inc. v. Ira
2/11      Gore

          C.T. Bogus, Why Lawsuits are Good for America



          Comparative Law Applied
                                          IV



           1) Formation of Contracts

Class 8    K. Zweigert/H. Kötz, Indicia of Seriousness (skim)
2/13
           Court of Appeal, 1876, Dickinson v. Dodds

           Court of Appeal, 6,7 December 1892, Carlill v. Carbolic Smoke Ball Co.

           Swiss Code of Obligations, Art. 1-16
           Principles of European Contract Law (chapter 2)

           2) Remedies

Class 9    F. Werro/E. M. Belser, The UNIDROIT Principles of International
2/21       Commercial Contracts

           Lord Chancellor’s Court, 1852, Lumley v. Wagner

           Swiss Code of Obligations, Art. 97 – 109

           UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts

           Principles of European Contract Law

           3) Tort and the Question of Pure Economic Loss

Class 10   House of Lords, 1932, Donoghue v. Stevenson
2/25
           Court of Appeal, 1972, Spartan Steel & Alloys Ltd. V. Martin & Co Ltd.

           Supreme Court of Wisconsin, 2 March 1965, Hoffman v. Red Owl Stores

           German Civil Code, Art. 823

           French Civil Code, Art. 1382

           Swiss Code of Obligations, Art. 41

           ECJ, 5 March 1996, Brasserie du Pêcheur and Factortame III

           4) Personality and Privacy
Class 11   ECHR, 24 June 2004, Von Hannover v. Germany
2/27
           F. Werro, The Press and Unfair Competition under Swiss Law (The Hertel
           Case)


Class 12   BGH, 2 April 1957
3/10       BGH, 9 November 1993
           BGH, 12 October 1993
                                             V



           5) Employer’s Liability

Class 13   C. Von Bar, Vicarious Liability
3/12
           Cass. Ass. plén., 17 June 1983, Communes de Chignin et Saint Jeoire-Prieuré

           Cass. Ass. plén., 19 May 1988, Société d’assurances « La Cité » v. Héro

           Swiss Code of Obligations, Art. 55

           6) Securities

Class 14   H. Wehrens, Real Security Regarding Immovable Objects
3/17
           U. Drobnig, Security Rights in Movable

           Uniform Commercial Code, § 1-201 and §9-107




PART II : EUROPEAN PRIVATE LAW IN THE MAKING
           Francis G. Jacobs, The State of International Economic Law: Re-Thinking
Class 15   Sovereignty in Europe
3/19

           1) EC Directives

Class 16   M. J. Dundas/B. Crutchfield George/J.E. Hallas, The Transposal Processes of
3/24       the EC Directives and the U.S. Uniform Codes: A Comparative Analysis




Class 17   1) Products Liability Directive (I)
3/26       ECJ, 10 May 2001, Henning Veedfald v. Arhus Amstkommune
           ECJ, 29 May 1997, Commission v. United Kingdom


Class 18   2) Package Travel Directive
Make-up    ECJ, 12 March 2002, Leitner
class
3/26       3) Doorstep Selling Directive
           ECJ, 17 March 1998, Dietzinger
                                         VI

Class 19   Products Liability (II)
3/31       ECJ, 25 April 2002, Commission v. France
           ECJ, 25 April 2002, Commission v. Greece
           ECJ, 10 January 2006, Skov v. Bilka

Class 20   Does Europe Need Unification of its Private Law?
4/2
           1) The Power of the EC to Pass a Regulation

           J. Basedow, A Common Contract Law for the Common Market

           ECJ, 5 October 2000, Germany v. Parliament and Council

           2) What Benefits, if Any? What Type of Unification?

4/7        Class cancelled



Class 21   R. Hyland, The American Experience: Restatements, the UCC, Uniform Laws,
4/9        and Transnational Coordination

           M. Reimann, Towards a European Civil Code: Why Continental Jurists Should
           Consult Their Transatlantic Colleagues

           K. Kötz, How to Achieve a Common European Private Law

Class 22   Same program as make up class of March 26
4/9
Make-up
class
           3) Cultural and Social Obstacles

Class 23   F. Werro, Unification of European Private Law: A Question of Cultural
4/14       Legitimacy

           Study Group on Social Justice in European Private Law, Social Justice in
           European Contract Law, A Manifesto

           R. Sefton-Green, The European Union, Law and Society: Making the Societal-
           Cultural Difference

           4) The Alternatives to the Legislative Process

Class 24   W. Van Gerven, The ECJ Case Law as a Means of Unification of Private Law
4/16
           ECJ, 20 September 2001, Courage v. Crehan

           ECJ, 21 January 2003, Bacardi-Martini v. Newcastle United
                                        VII



           More Food for Thoughts

Class 25   M. de S.-O.-l’E. Lasser, The Question of Understanding
4/21
Class 26   P. Legrand, The Same and the Different
4/23

				
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