Limitations of Code in Contracts

What We Can Learn From the Plain English Movement

  • William Brown Australian National University

Abstract

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.

Published
2020-10-01
How to Cite
Brown, W. (2020) “Limitations of Code in Contracts: What We Can Learn From the Plain English Movement”, Victoria University Law and Justice Journal, 9(1), pp. 57–72. doi: 10.15209/vulj.v9i1.1148.
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