oa Fundamina : A Journal of Legal History - The "impossible contract" : from Roman law to the Unidroit Principles of International Commercial Contracts and Principles of European Contract Law
|Article Title||The "impossible contract" : from Roman law to the Unidroit Principles of International Commercial Contracts and Principles of European Contract Law|
|© Publisher:||UNISA Press|
|Journal||Fundamina : A Journal of Legal History|
|Author||Alfredo Mordechai Rabello|
|Publication Date||Jan 2010|
|Pages||346 - 358|
|Keyword(s)||The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Zefat Academic College|
For the validity of an obligation, Roman law requires the existence of a number of fundamental contractual requirements, including that the object of the obligation must be possible, permissible and absolute (or at least determinable), and that it must have monetary value. The basic rule regarding the impossibility of a contract appears in Justinian's Digest, D. 50.17.185, Celsus, libro octavo digestorum, Impossibilium nulla obligatio est.
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