The volume aims to provide an accurate examination of the contract law of the People’s Republic of China, placed both in the history of Chinese law and in the wider panorama of the Roman legal system. Structured in five chapters, also makes use of a very rich bibliography in Chinese with the intention of verifying and understanding, through the latter and without any other linguistic mediation, the mental paths of the PRC legislator and Chinese doctrine.
The first chapter retraces the historical path of contract law, the notion of contract, first rendered with qiyue then with hetong, within the Chinese legal tradition up to the current activity of codification of the Chinese Civil Code.
The second chapter deals with the current definition of contract in order to highlight the deep links with the Roman contractual theories. The third chapter deals with the elements of the contract that are analyzed through continuous references to the Roman doctrines concerning crucial issues of the contractual system, such as, for example, the consensual principle, the contractual risk, the good faith.
The fourth and fifth chapters, at the end of the whole work, deal with the issues of integration, interpretation and invalidity of the contract.