Contractual Interpretation in English and French Law

Free Public Lecture

Contractual Interpretation in English and French Law

Room 920, Level 9
Melbourne Law School
185 Pelham Street, Carlton


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T: 8344 5992

Contract interpretation is at the core of commercial litigation in England. Yet there has been relatively little comparative analysis on this topic. This is surprising given the practical significance of interpretation and that it has dominated judicial debate over the last 30 years. The purpose of the lecture is to analyse in a comparative light some problematic aspects of contractual interpretation in England and France. It explores the notable theoretical and practical differences, as well as contrasting policy choices, in the two systems. Comparison with France is particularly topical because the French Civil Code on contract law has recently been through a major reform.


  • Associate Professor Solène Rowan
    Associate Professor Solène Rowan, Australian National University