Motive Matters!

An exploration of the notion 'deliberate breach of contract' and its consequences for the application of remedies

By Martijn van Kogelenberg

This book argues that motives for committing breach of contract should matter in the application of remedies in contract. Deliberate breach of contract requires a different and sterner answer from the law of contract than any other breach of contract, because providing equal remedies for all breaches of contract threatens parties' trust in the law of contract. This statement should be reflected in the law of remedies in contract. The box of remedies available to the victim of deliberate breach of contract should be designed accordingly. In general, the book argues that the victim of contractual breach should have a stronger right to enforced performance of the contract, and that the victim should have easier access to damages and receive a larger amount of damages if s/he is the victim of deliberate breach of contract. The arguments for the chosen approach to deliberate breach of contract are primarily drawn from comparative legal research, mainly in the form of studying court decisions, academic contributions, and other common legal sources: in other words, the classic legal approach. (Series: Ius Commune Europaeum - Vol. 114)


252 pages

Publication Date: 9/12/2013
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9781780681634