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An Analysis of International Construction Contracts
Edited by Robert Knutson

I conceived of this book and wrote two major elements - the Introduction and English law chapter.  It was published in January 2005.

FIDIC - An Analysis of International Construction ContractsAll of the world’s legal systems focus on the sanctity of contracts and on damages as the remedy for breach of contract. Yet parties to international contracts often adhere to differing legal theories and fundamental notions that can lead to misunderstandings – misunderstandings that can wreak havoc with large-scale construction and civil engineering projects.

In this unique guide to the suite of contracts published by FIDIC (The International Federation of Consulting Engineers) – the contract forms most widely used for international construction undertakings – twenty four outstanding authorities in construction law from a wide variety of countries describe relevant likely pitfalls (and special opportunities) for foreign lawyers in each of their jurisdictions. The countries covered are Brazil, Egypt, England, France, Germany, India, Japan, Malaysia, The Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States. The book’s great usefulness, however, is not limited to these countries; as the editor points out in his introduction, legal systems are so widely shared among groups of countries that reasonable extrapolation is available here to virtually any construction site on earth.

The treatment covers such topics as:

  • allocation of risk;
  • the FIDIC “flow chart” for settling disputes;
  • post-completion responsibility of the parties;
  • disputes relating to non-contractual claims;
  • allegations of fraud or gross negligence;
  • dealing with bribery and extortion;
  • delay and disruption;
  • proving entitlement to extension of time;
  • right to deduct liquidated damages;
  • changed conditions;
  • rights of subcontractors and suppliers; and
  • unforeseeability.

This very useful book will be extremely welcome to in-house counsel who must evaluate the legal disposition of a proposed or pending construction contract subject to the laws of a foreign jurisdiction. It will continue to be of service as long as the project proceeds and beyond, particularly for the optimal resolution of disputes.


Introduction. Brazil; F. Gonzaga Bellegarde Nunes, M. I. de Almeida Alvarenga, A. Zuliani Réa, F. Simões Castejón. Egypt; B. Attalah. England; R. Knutson. France; M. Frilet. Germany; W. Rosener, G. Dorner. India; S. Mandal, V. Shivanna, P. Dodd. Japan; K. Takayanagi. Malaysia; W. Abraham, R. Singh. Netherlands; E. Eggink. Saudi Arabia; C. Hammond. Sweden; P. Samuelsson, L. Iwar. Switzerland; M. Schneider, M. Scherer, United States of America; J.J.Myers, J.K. Giffune, L.K. Miller.

If you would like to purchase this analysis of FIDIC please fax your credit card and mailing details to +44 (0)20 8693 0004.  Posting will be added to cover the cost to send the book by your preferred method. We accept Western Union.
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