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Gifts: A Study in Comparative Law

Richard Hyland


This book studies the law governing the giving and revocation of gifts. Gift-giving is everywhere governed by social and customary norms before it encounters the law. Moreover, the giving of gifts takes place largely outside of the marketplace. As a result of these two characteristics, the law of gifts provides a lens through which to examine how different legal systems confront social practice. The law of gifts is well-developed both in the civil and the common laws. This book studies how the different civil and common law jurisdictions confront common issues. The legal systems discussed incl ... More

Keywords: social practice, law of gifts, civil laws, common laws, private law systems, functionalism, praesumptio similtudinis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195343366
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195343366.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Hyland, author