n Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa - Gifts - a study in comparative law, Richard Hyland : book review

Volume 43, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0010-4051



It would not be an exaggeration to say that this comprehensive work on gift law is unusual in its structure. I am saying this because of the unconventional approach that the author has chosen to deal with this topic. The author explains the reason for this approach in the preface to the book, stating that he had four different groups of readers in mind. First the lawyer or scholar (in the United States or abroad), who practices or writes in the various fields dealing with gift law, including the law of trusts and estates, and the laws of contract and restitution. Second, those who write and teach in the field of comparative law. Hylan's goal has been to provide information and knowledge of comparative law to those who want to understand the differences between the civil and the common laws, and the different theories underlying them. Third, the book was written 'for those who are engaged in comparative work in fields of study other than the law.' (Preface page xx). Finally, the author wrote the book 'for those who think about gift giving from the perspective of the humanities and the social sciences.' (Page xxi).

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