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III. Intention, Reliance and Administrability
(12,717 words)

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

Completed in June 1991

Arthur T. von Mehren

A. Introduction

31. The centrality of intention. – As subch. II has made clear, party intention occupies a central position in the creation of contractual obligation. The factual-context theory (supra s. 20–22) – the one approach that can be seen as dispensing entirely with party intention in certain situations – is, as a practical matter, at most a relati…

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Arthur T. von Mehren, “III. Intention, Reliance and Administrability”, 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 28 November 2020 <>
First published online: 2018

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