Annual Survey of International & Comparative Law


Pablo Lerner


I will deal with the different aspects of the promise of rewards, comparing the unilateral solution, inspired by the tradition in civil law countries, with the solution. in the common law jurisdictions, and I will try to show why in my opinion the unilateral approach prompts better and more coherent solutions. Against the background of the analysis of reward, we will have the opportunity to elaborate some ideas about the meaning of such basic concepts as contract, promise or bargain. Then I will try to distinguish between reward and other offers to the public, a distinction that is justified if the reward is to be characterized as a unilateral promise. In the last part of the paper I will deal with practical questions related to reward, like withdrawal of the promise, and performance.

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