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Some Landmarks of Twentieth Century Contract Law

Guenter Treitel


This book discusses three of the most important developments in the law of contract in the 20th century. A short introduction explains the choice of topics and gives an account of the project (initiated in the 1960s and later abandoned) to codify this branch of the law. Chapter 1 deals with agreements to vary contracts and in particular with obstacles to the legal effectiveness of such agreements presented by the doctrine of consideration, under which something of value must be given for a promise to make it legally binding. It explains how the courts have mitigated these difficulties, especia ... More

Keywords: consideration, privity, estoppel, practical benefit, rescission

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Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199255757
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199255757.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Guenter Treitel, author
Fellow, All Souls College

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