Control of Price Related Terms in Standard Form Contracts in the Netherlands: Exclusion of Clauses Pertaining to the Core of the Contract

  • Ewoud HondiusEmail author
Part of the Ius Comparatum - Global Studies in Comparative Law book series (GSCL, volume 36)


In the 1970s, most European countries adopted legislation on unfair contract terms. Clauses pertaining to the core of the contract were usually exempted from this control. The fear of a return to the ancient iustum pretium doctrine was behind this. Not every country has adopted this exception. The Nordic states, for example, have declined to do so. This paper will briefly study the Nordic system to highlight that excluding the price clauses is not a necessity. It will then focus on giving a closer look at the Dutch system of control. The freedom of contracts principle, as well as the Dutch control of both unfair contract terms and price terms will be presented. The most important Dutch cases will also be studied.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Utrecht University, Faculty of LawUtrechtNetherlands

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