Limitations of Code in Contracts

What We Can Learn From the Plain English Movement

  • William Brown Australian National University


Smart contracts have been identified as a potential replacement for traditional written contracts, offering objective and predictable code as a substitute for complicated and impenetrable prose. The inherent complexity in contractual relationships, however, requires agreements to account for a range of often unpredictable circumstances. This complexity also prevented the widespread simplification of legal documents in the wake of the Plain English Movement.

How to Cite
BrownW. (2019) “Limitations of Code in Contracts: What We Can Learn From the Plain English Movement”, Victoria University Law and Justice Journal. Melbourne, Australia, 9(1), pp. 57–72. doi: 10.15209/vulj.v9i1.1148.