The Future of the Commercial Contract in Scholarship and Law Reform: An Introduction

  • Maren Heidemann


This chapter maps out our volume on the commercial contract law in scholarship and law reform. It starts by outlining the general distinction between commercial and non-commercial contract law and by introducing and critically reflecting on recent law reform in this area of law. It then moves on to introducing and contextualising the contributions which the chapters on Parts II and III of this volume make to scholarly debate of selected distinctive aspects of commercial contracts and of the interface of commercial contracts and contract law with public international law. The chapter concludes with an outlook and brief summary of the general findings of the research presented in this volume.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maren Heidemann
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  1. 1.Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, School of Advanced StudiesUniversity of LondonLondonUK

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