The works presented for the PhD by publication are all connected in the way they engage in a functionally comparative study of the English and French law responses to common problems pertaining to contractual performance and contractual interpretation. My comparative inquiry demonstrates that both France and England have stayed true to their historic responses in times of peace and crisis confirming different mentalités juridiques. As neither England nor France offers ideal solution, parties may be better off finding a resolution to their disputes beyond the legal realm and respond to calls for collaboration. This nevertheless shows persisting differences in Anglo-French approaches.
This thesis however argues that these divergences may nevertheless lead to common results through the lens of a taxonomy of commercial contracts – professionally drafted contracts may lead to converging results given the common application and interpretation of frequently used clauses beyond a domestic legal culture; by contrast, rudimentary contracts produce diverging results as the interpretation of these agreements is marked by a distinctive domestic socio-legal culture. This taxonomy has the potential to improve the predictability of outcomes in commercial disputes in England and France.