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The New German Law of Obligations: Historical and Comparative Perspectives

Reinhard Zimmermann


On January 1, 2000, the German Civil Code (BGB) became 100 years old. It had been remarkably resilient throughout a century marked by catastrophic upheavals and a succession of fundamentally different political regimes. Two years later, however, the most sweeping individual reform ever to have affected the Code entered into force. This was the Modernization of the Law of Obligations Act, triggered by the necessity to implement the European Consumer Sales Directive, but going far beyond what was required by the European Community. The most important practical implication of the Modernization Ac ... More

Keywords: German Civil Code, political regimes, reform, European Community, Modernization Act, law of prescription, doctrine, non-performance, non-conformity, sales law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199291373
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291373.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Reinhard Zimmermann, author
Director of the Max Planck Institute for Foreign Private and Private International Law, Hamburg; Professor of Private Law, Roman Law and Comparative Legal History, University of Regensburg