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James Russell Gordley

Selected Publications

“The Parol Evidence Rule and Transnational Law: the CISG and the UNIDROIT Principles,” forthcoming in “Eppur si muove: The age of Uniform Law Festschrift forMichael Joachim Bonell, to celebrate his 70th birthday”(Unidroit, Rome). 

“The Just Price: The Aristotelian Tradition and John Rawls,” 11 European Review of Contract Law 197 (2015).

The Architecture of the Common and Civil Law of Torts: An Historical Survey,”in Comparative Tort Law Global Perspectives 173 (M. Bussani & A. Sebok, eds., Elgar Publishing, 2015).

“In Defense of Roman Contract Law,” Comparative Contract Law (P.G. Monatieri, ed., Elgar Publishing, 2015).

“Declassifying Legal Systems and Classifying Laws,” 3 Annuario di Diritto Comparato 94 (2013).

“The Method of the Roman Jurists,” 87 Tulane Law Review 933 (2013).

“Reclaiming one Nation’s Cultural Heritage in Another Nation’s Courts,” in Enforcing International Cultural Heritage Law 110 (F. Francioni & J. Gordley, eds., Oxford University Press, 2013).

Why the Rule of Law Matters: A Natural Law Perspective,” 57 American Journal of Jurisprudence 1 (2012).

“Extraterritorial Legal Problems in a World without Nations: What the Medieval Jurists Could Teach Us,” in “Extraterritoriality”: Transnational Legal Authority in an Age of Globalization 35 (G. Handl & J. Zekoll, eds., Martinus Nijhoff, 2012).

The Functional Method,” in Methods in Comparative Law 107 (P.G. Monatieri, ed., Elgar Publishing, 2012).

Suárez and Natural Law,” in The Philosophy of Francisco Suárez 209 (B. Hill & H. Langelund, eds., Oxford University Press, 2012).

“The Future of Private Law,” in The Law of the Future and the Future of Law 367 (S. Muller., S. Zouridis, M. Frishman & L. Kisenmaker, eds., Torkel, Oslo, 2011).

“The Abuse of Rights in the Civil Law Tradition,” in Prohibition of Abuse of Law: A New Principle of EU Law?” 33 (S. Vogenauer, ed., Hart Publishing, 2011); reprinted in T. Ginsburg, P.G. Monatieri & F. Parisi, eds., Classics in Comparative Law 3 Private Law ch. 3 (Elgar Press, 2014)

“The Foreseeability Limitation on Liability in Contract,” in Towards a European Civil Code 699 (A.S. Hartkamp, M. Hesselink, E. Hondius, C. Mak & E. du Perron, eds., 4rd ed., Kluwer, 2011)(revised from 3rd ed., 2004). 

Ius Quaerens Intellectum: The Method of the Medieval Civilians,” in The Creation of the Ius Commune: From Casus to Regula 77 (P.J. du Plessis & J.W. Cairns, eds., Edinburgh University Press, 2010).

“The Origins of Sale: Some Lessons from the Romans,” 84 Tulane Law Review 1437 (2010). “Disturbances among Neighbours: An Introduction,in The Development of Liability between

Neighbours 1 (James Gordley, ed., Cambridge University Press, 2010). “Disturbances among Neighbours in French Law,in The Development of Liability between

Neighbours 65 (James Gordley, ed, Cambridge University Press, 2010). “A Case-Based Assessment of the Draft Common Frame of Reference,” 58 American Journal

of Comparative Law 343 (2010)(with Louisa Antoniolli & Francesca Fiorentini).

The Bicentennial of the Digest of 1808 Collected Papers, Louisiana and the Common Law: Le Jour de Gloire Est-Il Passé?” 24 Tulane European and Civil Law Forum 191 (2009).

Ius civile and Civil Codes: Lessons from the Romans,” 54 Loyola Law Review 555 (2008).

“Takings,” 82 Tulane Law Review 1505 (2008).

“The State’s Private Law and Legal Academia,” 56 The American Journal of Comparative Law 641(2008), also printed in Beyond the State Rethinking Private Law 219 (N. Jansen & R. Michaels, eds., Mohr Siebeck, 2008).

When is the Use of Foreign Law Possible? A Hard Case: The Protection of Privacy in Europe and the United States,” published with the proceedings of the Louisiana State University Symposium on “Law Making in a Global World,” 67 Louisiana Law Review 1073 (2007).

“Morality and Contract: The Question of Paternalism,published with the proceedings of the conference “Law and Morality,” held at the William and Mary School of Law, March, 2006, 48 William and Mary Law Review 1733 (2007).

“Contract Law: A Catholic Approach?” in Self-Evident Truths: Catholic Perspectives on American law 191 (M.A. Scaperlanda & T.S. Collett, eds., Catholic University Press, 2007).

“Comparative Law and Legal History,” The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Law 753 (Oxford University Press, 2006). 

“Consideration,” The Edward Elgar Encyclopedia of Comparative Law 180 (J. Smits, ed., Edward Elgar Publishing, 2006), 216 (2d ed. 2012).

“Damages Under the Necessity Doctrine,” Issues in Legal Scholarship, Symposium: Vincent v. Lake Erie Transportation Co. and the Doctrine of Necessity (2005): Article 2. http://www.bepress.com/ils/iss7/art2

“The Future of European Contract Law on the Basis of Europe's Heritage,” [2005] The European Review of Contract Law 163.

“Impossibility and Changed and Unforeseen Circumstances,” 52 The American Journal of Comparative Law 602 (2004), Spanish translation, Imposibilidad, alteración de las circunstancias e imprevisión, 21 Ius et veritas (2011).

“Mistake in Contract Formation,” 52 The American Journal of Comparative Law 433 (2004).

“Takings: What Does Matter?” 31 The Ecology Law Quarterly 291 (2004).

“The Universalist Heritage,” in Comparative Legal Studies: Traditions and Transitions 31(P. Legrand & R. Munday, eds., Cambridge University Press, 2003).

“The Rule Against Recovery in Negligence for Pure Economic Loss: An Historical Accident?” in Recovery for Pure Economic Loss in European Tort Law 25 (V. Palmer & M. Bussani, eds., Cambridge University Press, 2003).

“Reconceptualizing the Protection of Dignity in Early Modern Europe: Greek Philosophy Meets Roman Law” in “Ins Wasser geworfen und Ozeane durchquert” Festschrift für Knut Wolfgang Nörr 281 (M. Ascheri, F. Ebel, M. Heckel, A. Padoa-Schioppa, Pöggeler, F. Ranieri & W. Rütten, eds., Böhlau Verlag, 2003).

“Morality and the Protection of Dissent,” 1 Ave Maria Law Review 127 (2003). “Servitudes,” 3 Global Jurist Frontiers http://www.bepress.com/gj/frontiers/vol3/iss1/art3

(2003).

“Contract,” in Oxford Handbook of Legal Studies 3 (P. Cane & M. Tushnet, eds., Oxford University Press, 2003).

“Why Look Backward,” 50 The American Journal of Comparative Law 657 (2002).

“The Moral Foundations of Private Law,” 47 The American Journal of Jurisprudence 1 (2002). 

 

“Restitution Without Enrichment? Change of Position and Wegfall der Bereicherung,” in The Law of Unjustified Enrichment 227 (D. Johnston & R. Zimmermann, eds., Cambridge University Press, 2002).

“The Origin of Riparian Rights,” in Themes in Comparative Law in Honour of Bernard Rudden 107 (P. Birks & A. Pretto, eds., Oxford University Press, 2002).

“Economics and the Cardinal Virtues: The Ethics of Profit-Seeking,” in Rethinking the Purpose of Business: Interdisciplinary Essays from the Catholic Social Tradition 65 (S.A. Cortright & M.J. Naughton, eds., University of Notre Dame Press, 2002).

“Water Rights,” in Law and Justice in a Multistate World: Essays in Honor of Arthur T. von Mehren 683 (J.A.R. Nafziger & S. Symeonides, eds., Transnational Press, 2002).

“Labor and Commutative Justice,” in Labor, Solidarity and the Common Good: Ethical Perspectives for Management 43 (S.A. Cortright, ed., Carolina Academic Press, 2001).

“When Would Private Law Excuse Payment of a Money Debt?” in Debt Beyond Contract La Dette au delà du Contrat 29 (E. Dommen, ed., Observatoire de la Finance, 2001).

“A Perennial Misstep: From Cajetan to Fuller and Perdue to “Efficient Breach,” Issues in Legal Scholarship “ (Online Edition): (2001): Article 4.

“Comparative Law and Legal Education,” published with the proceedings of the Centennial World Conference on Comparative Law, 75 Tulane Law Review 1003 (2001).

“The Common Law in the 20th Century: Some Unfinished Business,” 88 California Law Review 1817 (2000).

“The Achievement of Baldus de Ubaldis (132?-1400),” [2000] Zeitschrift für Europäisches Privatrecht 820.

“Mapping Private Law,” in Making European Law Essays on the “Common Core” Project 27 (U. Mattei & M. Bussani, eds., Università degli Studi di Trento, 2000), reprinted in The Common Core of European Law 61(M.. Bussani & U. Mattei, eds., Kluwer, 2002).

“Contract Law in the Aristotelian Tradition,” in The Theory of Contract Law New Essays 265 (P. Benson, ed., Cambridge University Press, 2000). 

“Legal Reasoning: Some Parallels in Common Law and Civil Law,” in Different Legal Cultures -- Convergence of Legal Reasoning 63 (H.D. Assmann, G. Brüggemeier, R. Sethe, eds., Nomos-Verlag, 2000).

“The Principle Against Unjustified Enrichment,” in Gedächtnisschrift für Alexander Lüderitz 213 (K. Luig, H. Schack & H. Wiedemann, eds., C.H. Beck Verlag, 2000).

“Good Faith in Contract Law in the Medieval Ius Commune,” in Good Faith in European Contract Law 93 (R. Zimmermann & S. Whittaker, eds., Cambridge University Press, 2000).

“The Purpose of Awarding Restitutionary Damages A Reply to Professor Weinrib,” 1 Theoretical Inquiries in Law 39 (2000).

“Good Faith and Profit Maximization,” 19 Review of Business 11 (1998). “Is Comparative Law a Distinct Discipline?” 46 The American Journal of Comparative Law

701 (1998).

“Responsibility in Crime, Tort, and Contract for the Unforeseeable Consequences of an Intentional Wrong: A Once and Future Rule?” in The Law of Obligations Essays in Celebration of John Fleming 175 (P. Cane & J. Stapleton, eds., Oxford University Press, 1998).

“Just Price,” 2 The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics and the Law 410 (P. Newman, ed., The Macmillan Press, London, 1998).

“Contract, Property and the Will--The Civil Law and Common Law Traditions,” in The State and Freedom of Contract 66 (H. Scheiber, ed., Stanford University Press, 1998).

“Codification and Legal Scholarship” published with the proceedings of the American Society of Comparative Law Symposium on “Law in the Twenty-First Century,” 31 Davis Law Journal 735 (1998), Chinese translation, “Fa dian bian zuan yu fa lu zue shu,” 1 Si fa yan jiu [Private Law Review] 52 (2002).

Immissionsschutz, Nuisance and Troubles de Voisinage in Comparative and Historical Perspective,” [1998] Zeitschrift für Europäisches Privatrecht 13.

“When Paths Diverge: A Response to Albert Alschuler on Oliver Wendell Holmes,” 49 University of Florida Law Review 441 (1997).

Ardor quaerens intellectum: Sex within Marriage according to the Canon Lawyers and the Theologians of the 12th and 13th Centuries,” 83 Zeitschrift der Savigny-Stiftung für Rechtsgeschichte Kanonistische Abteilung 305 (1997). 

“Contract and Delict: Toward a Unified Law of Obligations,” 1 Edinburgh Law Review 345 (1997).

“Law ... and the Imagination?” 1 Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture 128 (1997).

“Contract in Pre-Commercial Societies and in Western History,” Chapter 2 of Volume VII, Contracts in General (A. von Mehren, ed.) of the International Encyclopedia of Comparative Law (1997).

“An American Perspective on the Unidroit Principles,” Saggi, conferenze e seminari no. 22, Centro di studi e ricerche di diritto comparato e straniero (Rome, 1996).

“Protecting Possession” (with Ugo Mattei), 44 The American Journal of Comparative Law 293 (1996), Chinese translation, Lun bau hu zhan you,(trans. by Li Fengzhang), 41 Min shang fa lun cong [Civil and Commercial Law Review] 214 (2011).

“Tort Law in the Aristotelian Tradition,” in Philosophical Foundations of Tort Law: A Collection of Essays 131 (D. Owen, ed., Oxford University Press, 1995), reprinted in Lecturas sobre el pensamiento político y jurídico de Aristóteles 71 (S. Rus Rufino, ed., Universidad de León & Universidad de Sevilla, 1999).

“Comparative Legal Research and its Function in the Development of Harmonized Law An American Perspective,” in Towards Universal Law Trends in National, European and International Lawmaking, 5 De Lege Juridiska Fakulteten I Uppsala Årsbok 37 (1995), reprinted 43 American Journal of Comparative Law 555 (1995), Spanish translation, Investigación jurídica comparada: Su function en el desarrollo de la armonización del Derecho,” 34 Derecho & Sociedad 319 (2012).

“Enforcing Promises,” 83 California Law Review 547 (1995), also published as Working Paper No. 94-13, Working Paper Series, Program in Law and Economics, Center for the Study of Law and Society, School of Law, University of California at Berkeley.

“The Cultural Justification of Unearned Income: An Economic Model of Merit Goods Based on Aristotelian Ideas of Akrasia and Distributive Justice” (with Robert Cooter), in Profits and Morality 150 (R. Cowan & M. Rizzo, eds., University of Chicago Press, 1995).

“Myths of the French Civil Code,” 42 The American Journal of Comparative Law 459 (1994). reprinted in Lecturas sobre el pensamiento y politico de la Europa de las nacionalidades Actas del congreso internacional “Racionalismo y nacionalismo en la Europa Moderna, León 26-29 de Octubre de 1999 (S. Rus Rufino, ed., University of León, 2000), translated as Fa Guo Min Fa Dian De Ao Mi,5 Min Shang Fa Lun Cong (Forum of Civil and Commercial Law) 577 (1996). 

“Common law und civil law: eine überholte Unterscheidung,” [1993] Zeitschrift für Europäisches Privatrecht 498; Italian version, “Common Law v. Civil Law: una distinzione che va scomparendo?” in 1 Scritti in onore di Rodolfo Sacco 559 (P. Cendon, ed., 1994).

“Mere Brilliance: The Recruitment of Law Professors in the United States,” 41 American Journal of Comparative Law 367 (1993).

“Humanists and Scholastics,” in Essays on Law and Religion The Berkeley and Oxford Symposia in Honour of David Daube 13 (The Robbins Collection, Univ. of Calif. at Berkeley, 1993).

“Profili della disciplina dei fondi pensione nel diritto americano” (with A. Candian), 4 Diritto ed economia dell'assicurazione 695 (1992).

“La teoria della persona giuridica negli Stati Uniti,” 90 Rivista del diritto commerciale e del diritto generale delle obbligazioni 1069 (1992).

“The Rights of Organizations,” 26(2) Listening 134 (1991).

“Natural Law Origins of the Common Law of Contract,” in Towards a General Law of Contract (J. Barton, ed., Duncker & Humbolt, Berlin, 1990) 367 (volume 8 of Comparative Studies in Continental and Anglo-American Legal History, H. Coing & K. Nörr, eds.).

Introduction to St. Thomas Aquinas on Law and Justice (Legal Classics Library, Birmingham, Ala., 1988).

“Law and Religion: An Imaginary Conversation with a Medieval Jurist,” 4 Journal of Law and Religion 193 (1986); reprinted 75 California Law Review 169 (1987); Spanish translation (by Salvador Rus Rufino) “Derecho y Religión. Una Conversacion Imaginaria con un Jurista Medieval, 33 Persona y Derecho Revista de fundamentación de las Instituciones Juridicas y de Derechos Humanos 179 (1995).

“Legal Reasoning: An Introduction,” 72 California Law Review 138 (1984).

“Equality in Exchange,” 69 California Law Review 1587 (1981), reprinted in The International Library of Essays in Law and Legal Theory, 2 Contract Law 3 (L. Alexander, ed., New York University Press, N.Y., 1991); reprinted in Aristotle and Modern Law, R.O. Brooks & J.B.Murphy, eds., Dartmouth Publ. Co., Aldershot, U.K., 2003); reprinted in T. Ginsburg, P.G. Monatieri & F. Parisi, eds., Classics in Comparative Law 3 Private Law ch. 15 (Elgar Press, 2014). 

“European Codes and American Restatements: Some Difficulties,” 81 Columbia Law Review 140 (1981), Chinese translation, “Ou zhou ge guo fa dian he mei guo de fa lu zhong shu: yi xie nan yi jie de bei lun,” 1 Si fa yan jiu [Private Law Review] 23 (2002).

“The Meaning of Equal Access to Legal Services,” 10 Cornell International Law Journal 220 (1977).

“Legal Aid: Modern Themes and Variations. Part Two: Variations on a Modern Theme, 24 Stanford Law Review 387 (1972)(Part One, by Mauro Cappelletti, appears at p. 347).

Comment, “Congressional Power to Exclude Members-Elect,” 83 Harvard Law Review 62 (1969).

Note, “The Federal Common Law,” 82 Harvard Law Review 1512 (1969). 

 

 

Book Reviews

 

“The Philosophy of Tort as a Subfield,a review of Philosophical Foundations of the Law of Torts by John Oberdiek, ed., Jurisprudence: An International Journal of Legal and Political Thought (2015), http//dz.doi.org/10.1080/20403313. 2015.1067490.

Law as a Means to an End by Brian Z. Tamanaha, 4 Journal of Law Philosophy and Culture 101-05 (2010).

The New German Law of Obligations by Reinhard Zimmermann, forthcoming in The German Law Review (translation rights into Chinese under negotiation).

Ideas and the Man: Remembering David Daube by Calum Carmichael, 54 The American Journal of Comparative Law 269 (2006).

Common Law in the Court and in the Classroom by Sir Basil Markesinis, 80 Tulane Law Review 325 (2005). 

 

The History of Water Rights at Common Law by Joshua Getzler, 121 The Law Quarterly Review 337 (2005).

From Promise to Contract by Dori Kimel, 29 The Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy 202 (2004).

The Science of Conjecture: Evidence and Probability Before Pascal by James Franklin, 6 The International Journal of Evidence and Proof 194 (2002).

Gemeineuropäisches Deliktsrecht by Christian von Bar, 65 Rabels Zeitschrift für ausländisches und internationales Privatrecht 304 (2001).

An Historical Introduction to Private Law by R.C. van Caenegem, (in German) 1 Zeitschrift für europäisches Privatrecht 710 (1995).

The Law of Obligations Roman Foundations of the Civilian Tradition by Reinhard Zimmermann, 40 American Journal of Comparative Law 1002 (1992).

Law and Revolution by Harold Berman, 37 Harvard Alumni Bulletin 38 (1985). The Death of Contract by Grant Gilmore, 89 Harvard Law Review 452 (1975). 

Books

The Jurists: A Critical History (Oxford University Press, 2013). Enforcing International Cultural Heritage Law, ed. (with Francesco Francioni)(Oxford University Press, 2013). The Development of Liability between Neighbours, ed. (Cambridge University Press, 2010).

Foundations of Private Law (Oxford University Press, 2006), Chinese translation Ssz-fah duh jee-choo: tsai-chahn, cheen-chywan, huh-toong huh boo-dahng duh-lee (Zhang Jiazong, trans. The Law Press, (Beijing, 2007).

An Introduction to the Comparative Study of Private Law Readings, Cases, Materials (with Arthur von Mehren)(Cambridge University Press, 2006).

The Enforceability of Promises in European Contract Law (Cambridge University Press, 2001).

Gratian, The Treatise on Law with the Ordinary Gloss (translation)(with Augustine Thompson) published as volume 2 of Medieval and Early Modern Canon Law (K. Pennington, ed., Catholic University Press, 1993).

The Philosophical Origins of Modern Contract Doctrine (Clarendon Law Series, Oxford University Press, 1991), Chinese translation, Min shang fa jing dian xian dai he tong li lun de ze xue qi yuan, (Zhang Jiazong, trans., The Law Press, Beijing, 2006).

Toward Equal Justice: A Comparative Study of Legal Aid in Modern Societies (with Mauro Cappelletti and Earl Johnson, Jr.)(Giuffrè, Milano; Oceana, Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., 1975; reprinted 1981).

The Civil Law System: An Introduction to the Comparative Study of Law (with Arthur von Mehren)(Little, Brown & Co., Boston, 1977). 

Other Legal Writing

Short articles and commentary:

“Introduction,” in Enforcing International Cultural Heritage Law 1 (F. Francioni & J. Gordley, eds., Oxford University Press, 2013).

Entries for “Aquinas” for “Common Law of Europe,” for “Roman Law, for “Savigny” in The New Oxford Companion to Law 44, 171, 1031, 1046 (P. Cane & J. Conaghan, eds., Oxford University Press, 2008).

“Preface” to the Chinese translation of James Gordley, Philosophical Origins of Modern Contract Doctrine, forthcoming Zhang Jinyang, trans., The Law Press, Beijing, China.

“Arthur von Mehren (1922-2006),” 53 The American Journal of Comparative Law 801 (2006).

“A Tribute to Richard Buxbaum,” 23 The Berkeley Journal of International Law, 283 (2005); reprinted in Issues in Legal Scholarship, “Symposium on Richard Buxbaum,” www. bepress.com/ils/iss9/art2.

Contributor, The Contracts Experience (DVD video)(J. Weistart, G.A. Spann, H.J. Powell, eds., 2002). 

Discussant in “Dibattito: Linee e tendenze in tema di leggibilità e trasparenza dei testi contrattuali assicurativi (with Antonio Gambaro, Aurelio Candian & Francesco Nanni), 39(1) Diritto ed economia dell'assicurazione 221 (1997).

“Comments on Articles 7.4.4 and 7.4.13 of the Principles for International Commercial Contracts,” Study L - (WG) WP.2 (Unidroit, Rome, 1993).

Symposium introduction, “Economic Analysis in Civil Law Countries: Past, Present, Future” (with Robert Cooter), 11 International Review of Law and Economics 261 (1991).

Edited symposia:

“Disturbances Among Neighbours,” forthcoming, European Legal Development Project, Cambridge University Press

For Issues in Legal Scholarship (www.bepress.com/ils)

Vincent v. Lake Erie Transportation Co. and the Doctrine of Necessity (issue 7, 2005).

Joseph Sax and the Public Trust Doctrine (issue 4, 2003). Fuller and Perdue (issue 1, 2001).