Three Models of Transformative Law

Transformative Law Encounters In a previous post on the Transformative Private Law Blog, Martijn Hesselink calls “the idea of transformative private law a little scary”. The intuitive reason for Hesselink to be scared seems to be one of instrumentalization. Does the adoption of the term ‘transformative law’ imply a transformation of (private) law [...]

By |2024-04-25T09:50:57+00:00April 24th, 2024|Theory|0 Comments

Frenzy of the Streets: The Radical Aspirations of Justifying Contract in Europe

A comment on the ACT Book Symposium of 30 September 2021 On 30 September 2021, the Amsterdam Centre for Transformative Private Law hosted and organised a book symposium around Martijn Hesselink’s recent book Justifying Contract in Europe: Political Philosophies of European Contract Law (Oxford University Press: 2021) in Amsterdam. The book is the [...]

By |2022-04-11T08:35:46+00:00April 8th, 2022|Theory|0 Comments

Unboxing Transformative Private Law

Private law is tasked with two antagonistic missions in modern society; that is to facilitate steady ordering while allowing for openness and the autonomous pursuit of highly pluralistic life plans. The solution to the tensions resulting from this dual orientation towards stability and mobility is commonly found in the timeless abstractions of the [...]

By |2020-10-29T16:16:20+00:00October 22nd, 2020|Theory|0 Comments

The Idea of Transformative Private Law

During the recent Launch event of the Amsterdam Center for Transformative Private Law, we discussed the concept of Transformative Private Law. In what follows, I present the concept both as an analytical/critical project as well as a forward looking agenda. From the Center for the Study of European Contract Law (CSECL) to the Amsterdam Center for Transformative [...]

By |2020-09-30T17:28:10+00:00September 23rd, 2020|Theory|0 Comments

Reflections on Transformative Private Law

What is the meaning of ‘transformative private law’? Or what does membership of a research group that has chosen this name entail? Here are some reflections of a member of the newly launched Amsterdam Centre for Transformative Private Law (ACT), formerly known as the Centre for the Study of European Contract Law (CSECL). Following [...]

By |2020-09-30T17:24:54+00:00June 9th, 2020|Theory|0 Comments

Transformative Law in a Digital World from a Contract Law Perspective

On Valentine’s day, the Amsterdam Centre for Transformative Law (Act) was launched at the Universiteit van Amsterdam. According to its Mission Statement, it focuses on ‘the role of private law in the making of society, as well as the processes of private law-making in a pluriform world’. By linking the concept of transformative law explicitly to societal challenges, [...]

By |2020-09-30T17:31:18+00:00June 9th, 2020|Theory|0 Comments
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