The omission of personal property from the proposed common European sales law: the Hamlet syndrome ... without the prince?

James Devenney, Mel Kenny

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Discusses the exclusion of personal property law from the European Commission's draft Regulation on a common European sales law (CESL). Examines the background to the CESL and reflects on the implications of omitting property law from its scope, including the political significance of such a step, and whether the strategy represents a missed opportunity to strengthen consumer protection.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)607-619
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Business Law
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 19 Nov 2015


  • consumer protection
  • contracts of sale
  • EU law
  • harmonisation
  • personal property

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