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Volume VIII: Specific Contracts | Chapter 2 (1983): Civil Law and Commercial Law

1. General remark. – A superficial review of the structure of legal systems shows that in a number of countries there exists, traditionally under the name of commercial law, a body of legal rules governing certain economic activities and occupying a place apart in private law. Certain writers strongly support the autonomous nature of this branch of law within private law, that is most often contrasted to the civil law (droit civil). However, this distinction between civil law and commercial law is …

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Denis Tallon, “Intruduction”, 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 20 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2018

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