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I. Introduction
(1,097 words)

Volume VII: Contracts in General | Chapter 9 (1992): The Formation of Contracts

Completed in June 1991

Arthur T. von Mehren

1. Outline of chapter. – This chapter addresses contract formation. Four interconnected topics are considered: Theories of contract formation (subch. II); intention, reliance, and administrability (subch.III); substantive contractual justice (subch. IV); the phases of formation: negotiation, offer, and acceptance (subch. V).

2. Rationale of chapter. – Theories of contract formation set out the basic requirements that must be satisfied be…

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Arthur T. von Mehren, “I. Introduction”, in: International Encyclopedia of Comparative Law Online, Edited by: U. Drobnig, R. David, H. H. Egawa, R. Graveson, V. Knapp, A. T. Von Mehren, Y. Noda, S. Rozmaryn, V. M. Tschchikvadze, H. Valladão, H. Yntema, K. Zweigert. Consulted online on 30 March 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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