n Stellenbosch Law Review = Stellenbosch Regstydskrif - The New German Law of Obligations : Historical and Comparative Perspectives, Reinhard Zimmermann : book review

Volume 20, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1016-4359
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2193



Reinhard Zimmermann has produced yet another tour de force with this book on the reform of the German law of obligations. This reform of provisions in the German Civil Code ("the BGB") was implemented in 2002 by the Modernization of the Law of Obligations Act. In part, the reform was necessitated by the EC Consumer Sales directive of 1999, which, as a so-called minimum harmonization Directive, set minimum standards of protection for consumers throughout the member states of the European union. However, the German legislation also effected reforms to other parts of the Civil Code. The reform project actually predated the Consumer Sales Directive, as a commission had already proposed draft legislation in 1992.

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