The Classification of Obligations

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Clarendon Press, 1997 - Law - 304 pages
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Contract and tort are merely sub-sets of the law of obligations which are found when we seek to classify the events from which obligations arise, but it has long been the habit of the common law to concentrate entirely on the sub-sets, and to let the larger genus take care of itself. That habit has shown itself to be a bad one. It has left the subspecies themselves in internal disorder. In the last few years the generic category has begun to reassert itself. A good deal more has been said about the law of obligations, and its increasing importance. This new book, containing contributions from the UK's leading specialists, brings to the fore many of the issues which are of topical interest to all those involved in this area of the law. The essays combine practical and academic perspectives which usefully highlight both the contemporary problems of classifying obligations and the inherited problems caused by not classifying obligations.

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Peter Birks is Regius Professor of Civil Law at the University of Oxford.

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