This contribution, available in open access via www.lawbackontrack.org, critically examines the draft text proposal submitted to the Belgian Parliament for book 1 (general provisions) and book 5 (law of obligations) of the new Belgian civil code. It criticises the lack of consideration for the immediate challenges, which are likely to jeopardise - in the short term - sustainable living and wellbeing on our planet for current, and future, generations: climate change, ecological imbalances, environmental disruptions, increasingly uneven distribution of income and wealth, disappointment and disillusionment with democracy. Where economic activities are the main cause of these challenges and private law - in particular law of obligations - provides the legal framework for these economic activities, this contribution argues that the concerned provisions are insufficient to solve these challenges.
|Law back on track
|Published - dec 2021