Round Table Discussion: Principles of Latin American Contract Law

You are cordially invited to participate in the Round Table Discussion about the Principles of Latin American Contract Law. The event will take place at Utrecht
University on 25 January 2016.

The publication of the Principles of Latin American Contract Law (PLACL) is one of the newest initiatives of regional contract law harmonization. The project has been led
by a group of South American academics, with the purpose to provide a source of inspiration for the reform and modernization of contract law in Latin America. This
Round Table aims to discuss and elaborate on the methodology, sources and main features of the Principles.

Special attention will be paid to the nature of the Principles (restatement or innovation) and the difficulties they face, in particular, the challenge to demonstrate that the Principles are not a mere copy or sub-product of the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale on Goods (CISG), the Principles of International Commercial Contracts (PICC) or the Principles of European Contract Law (PECL). The relationship between the PLACL on the one hand and the Acquis Principles of contract law (laid down in EU directives) and existing European principles of contract law (soft law) on the other hand will be discussed.

Additionally, the workshop will elaborate on the concept of contract. Article 8 of the PLACL defines contract as an agreement. To some extent this definition is puzzling. Although it is evident that a contract involves an agreement, there is some considerable distance between this matter of fact and the statement according to which a contract is an agreement. Professor IÑIGO DE LA MAZA will address the need of cause and object as essential elements of the contract. The question is why the PLACL has considered them this way when other European and international soft law instruments – used as sources of the PLACL – conspicuously avoided them.

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Venue: Molengraaffzaal; Janskerkhof 12, 3512 BL Utrecht
Registration: There is no registration fee, but registration is required by sending an e-mail to: Prof. Anne Keirse (
Participants will receive a copy of the PLACL upon registration.