Additional articles from SSRN have been noted by our friend in the Irish Society of Comparative Law:
Ryan, Daniel P., Essential
Principles of Contract and Sales Law in the Northern Pacific: Federated States
of Micronesia, the Republics of Palau and the Marshall Islands, and United
States Territories (January 29, 2009). Ave Maria International Law Journal,
Vol. 1, No. 1, 2009.
The Northern Pacific region, which includes Micronesia, the State of
Hawaii, the American territories of Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern
Mariana Islands and American Samoa, and the Republics of Palau and the Marshall
Islands, either follows or are heavily influenced by the Anglo-American common
law tradition and statutes governing contract and sales. Islands in this region
have made efforts to adopt recognized uniform international contract standards,
particularly the Restatement (Second) of Contracts, but customary law and
traditional rights still have a significant impact upon the development of
contract and sales law creating a unique amalgam of substantive law in the
Northern Pacific region.
The author includes a comparison to contract and sales law that is
prevalent in the United States and applicable in its Northern Pacific State of
Hawaii and in its Pacific territories of Guam, American Samoa, and the
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Other U.S. territories in the
Northern Pacific including Midway, Wake, Johnston Atoll, Baker, Howland and
Jarvis, Palmyra, and Kingman are outside the scope of his anaylsis. The article
emphasizes divergence, and highlights regional anomalies in the substantive law
of contract and sales. It also examines the inter-relationship between
customary and traditional law and the law of contract and sales. This
anthropological approach highlights how regional custom and traditional law
have interacted with Anglo-American concepts of contract and sales law to produce
a unique blend of contract and sales law in this Northern Pacific region.
The author notes two significant developments; 1) that the American Law
Institute’s Restatements of Law have been elevated from simply persuasive
authority to the rule of decision in some of these Pacific Island nations, and
2) that the anthropological implications of local custom and traditional law in
substantive contract and sales law have created a unique regional amalgam.
Dusollier, Severine, Pruning the
European Intellectual Property Tree - In Search of Common Principles and Roots
(April 10, 2011). Constructing European Intellectual Property: Achievements and
New Perspectives, C. Geiger, ed., Edward Elgar Publishing, 2012.