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Contracting with a Social Dimension

  • Johan Bärlund
  • Peter Moegelvang-Hansen
Chapter
Part of the Ius Gentium: Comparative Perspectives on Law and Justice book series (IUSGENT, volume 73)

Abstract

The Nordic countries show great similarities in contract law. The countries have no civil code, while important parts of private law have been regulated by individual acts. In the first half of the 20th century, the countries succeeded in harmonizing central parts of contract law through the Nordic Contract Acts. After the 1980s, both CISG and EU law have influenced Nordic contract law. The most important general principles are the principle of freedom of contract, the principle of legitimate expectations, the principle of loyalty and the principle of protecting the weaker party. The social dimension of Nordic contract law has gained particular emphasis through the idea of social civil law in consumer law and in the regulation of debt adjusting.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of LawUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland
  2. 2.Law DepartmentCopenhagen Business SchoolCopenhagenDenmark

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