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IV. Contractual Justice
(14,207 words)

Volume VII: Contracts in General | Chapter 1 (1982): A General View of Contract

Completed in February 1980

Arthur von Mehren

A. Introduction

72. Definition. – In various ways and to varying degrees, all legal orders that accept the institution of contract are concerned with contractual justice.1 This justice is not, it should be noted, a synonym for social and economic justice. The existing distribution of wealth and power in a society…

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Arthur von Mehren, “IV. Contractual Justice”, 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 27 March 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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