The European Commission’s Proposal for a Regulation on a Common European Sales Law (‘CESL’) seeks to create a European scheme of contract law available for parties to choose to govern cross-border contracts for the sale of goods, supply of ‘digital content,’ and for the supply of related services. This article explains the background to the Proposal, sketches out the purposes and scope of the CESL, and considers and criticises its legal framework (and in particular its relationship with private international law) and the key requirement of the parties’ agreement. In the author’s view, the CESL scheme remains an unconvincing basis for the achievement of its economic purposes and, as regards consumer contracts, puts too much reliance on the agreement of the consumer as a justification for the loss of their existing protection under EU private international law rules.
Simon Whittaker, The Proposed ‘Common European Sales Law’: Legal Framework and the Agreement of the Parties. Modern Law Review, Volume 75, Issue 4, pages 578–605, July 2012. Article first published online: 2 JUL 2012. DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2230.2012.00915.x.