Major Reform to French Civil Code: Back to Civil Law!

October 1st, 2016 is a landmark in history of French contract law. Indeed, until this day, Napoléon’s 1804 Civil Code had remained virtually unchanged, as far as contract law principles were concerned. For instance, specific rules regarding offer and acceptance had never been addressed by the Civil Code, whether at the Code’s creation or at any time thereafter. As a result, case-law gained increasing importance over the years, to the extent that it could be questioned whether French contract law had not in fact become based on common law.