A French Revolution? The Key Changes You Need to Know About From the Most Significant Reform of French Contract Law Since 1804

    View Authors May 2016

    French contract law is on the verge of reforming Title III of Book III of its Civil Code on contracts ("Des contrats ou des obligations conventionnelles en général"). These provisions, which are at the very heart of French contract law, have remained nearly untouched since their original iteration in 1804. Over the years, French contract law has mainly relied on judicial creativity to formulate new rules where the code was silent, modernize existing rules and give a practical application to hitherto academic concepts. This reform is intended to update and consolidate contract law rules, incorporating certain key case law developments. The reform should also be followed by a renovation of the rules on contractual and tortious liability.