The Legacy of History on German Contract Law
GERHARD DANNEMANN AND BASIL MARKESINIS
Professor Goode's career is not, generally, seen as one primarily dedicated to the study of foreign and comparative law. Yet he has, arguably, done more than many 'professional' comparatists to encourage the study of this branch of the law. Thus, his Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary and Westfield College, London, was always keen to make use of foreign material and to foster greater cooperation between European, American, and Commonwealth lawyers; and his contribution in setting up the Oxford Centre for the Advanced Study of European and Comparative Law, though not yet recorded in public, was crucial. Neither of us in fact would be in Oxford if it were not for his exertions, so both of us feel doubly indebted to the scholar and the legal visionary honoured by this volume. This essay is an inadequate acknowledgment of our debt; and it is offered as a small contribution towards the wider goal of greater understanding between lawyers -- academics and practitioners -- of different countries which Professor Goode has always tried to promote.
In his famous Hamlyn lectures, delivered precisely 40 years ago, the late Lord Devlin argued that 'it is impossible to understand any English institution of any antiquity unless you know something of its history'.2 His____________________