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Abstract

This slim volume consists of four lectures, the forty-ninth series in the Hamlyn Lectures. The lectures are delivered each year under the terms of the Hamlyn Trust which provide for ‘the furtherance by lectures or otherwise of the Comparative Jurisprudence and Ethnology of the Chief European countries including the United Kingdom, … to the intent that the Common People of the United Kingdom may realise the privileges which in law and custom they enjoy in comparison with other European peoples’. In identifying the strengths of English commercial law, Professor Goode succeeds brilliantly. In establishing its superiority to the laws of other jurisdictions he fails, admirably, for he eschews a narrow parochialism and identifies the improvements available to English commercial law by borrowing laws, or methods of analysis, from the European and US legal systems.

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