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Final Report - COPECL (Joint Network on European Private Law)

Project ID: 513351
Funded under: FP6-CITIZENS


This is the final activity report of the COPECL Network of Excellence project. Funded by the European Commission (EC) under the Sixth Framework Program (FP6), the core task of the COPECL project was to elaborate a draft and create building material for a 'common frame of reference' for European contract law as described both in the EC's action plan and the many subsequent communications. The result was the six-volume 'DCFR for European private law' which was elaborated together with a corona of evaluative works on, e.g. terminology, underlying principles and economic aspects. Pooling input from more than 150 comparative lawyers from all jurisdictions of the European Union (EU), the DCFR and its evaluative corona aimed to establish a common point of reference and a basis of understanding for lawyers in the EU.

This specific report provides a summary of the overall project objectives which included:
1. elaboration of a DCFR for European contract law;
2. overcoming research fragmentation in the European research area;
3. guidance to legislators, legal practitioners and academics;
4. dissemination of knowledge and durable research integration.

It also analyses thoroughly the first objective of the project which had an overarching character and presents some examples of the main publications in print on the DCFR and its evaluative corona.

The DCFR elaborated by the COPECL project formed a toolbox for the EU legislator. It was presented in the form of principles (COPECL), and included definitions and model rules. These principles were supplemented by comments, comparative information and evaluative analysis. The work was based on national laws, the existing EU Acquis and relevant international instruments. In addition to the DCFR, several works of evaluative and supportive character have been finalized and published. Among these, works on the relevant acquis communautaire, specific rules for insurance law, terminology, underlying principles of contr

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