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Large international construction projects often have a range of major contractors, subcontractors and consultants based in different parts of the world and working to different legal theories and understandings. This can lead to confusion in the understanding, interpretation and execution of the construction contract, which can result in significant disruption to the construction project. International Construction Contract Law is written for anyone who needs to understand the legal and managerial aspects of large international construction projects, including consulting engineers, lawyers, clients, developers, contractors and construction managers worldwide. In 18 chapters it provides a thorough overview of civil law /common law interrelationships, delivery methods, standard forms of contract, risk allocation, variations, claims and dispute resolution, all in the context of international construction projects. Highly practical in approach it introduces legal analysis only when absolutely essential to understanding, the book also contains a range of useful appendices, including a 10-language basic dictionary of terms used in FIDIC forms.
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"Lukas Klee's "International Construction Contract Law" is a useful contribution to the doctrine of international construction law. The book is well written and contains a wealth of practically useful information, which will help in-house lawyers, external lawyers, engineers, project managers, and other professionals who are involved in the negotiation and/or management of major international construction contracts." (ASA Bulletin, 1 October 2015)
"International Construction Contract Law will be invaluable to those operating in the international construction market and undoubtedly will become a practitioner's go-to guide on the subject."
Civil Engineering Surveyor, 1 April 2015
Review by The Barrister - appeared on You Tube 11 March 2015(https: //www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9Aw7YDuZIg)
"Dr Klee's book should have broad appeal in the Australian construction industry ... The description of key concepts is thorough and the snapshots of relevant common law principles clearly articulated. Dr Klee cleverly connects the legal and the practical thereby bringing the performance and administration of construction contracts out of the theoretical realm into the real world. ... Dr Klee's discussion, observations and inquiry into what the future holds for international construction contracts is thought provoking and, pleasingly, interesting and enjoyable reading"
Rebecca Dickson, Director, Society of Construction Law, Australia, Society of Construction Law Australia Newsletter July 2015
"Given the increasing globalization of commerce it is essential that persons setting up the transactions understand the legal means at their disposal. ... This work makes an important and original contribution to the knowledge of those dealing with these transactions. ... It will be of immense use to consulting engineers, lawyers, clients, developers, contractors and construction managers worldwide and is highly recommended"
John Twyford, Australian Construction Law Newsletter, Australia May/June 2015
It is a comprehensive technical guide for the construction industry ... a 'must have' for all parties involved in a construction project ... author's substantial work has developed in time, based on his knowledge and personal experience and collaborating with experts from various regions of the world, in order to offer a complete assessment of the construction industry contracting formulas. ... The book investigates the possibilities of a future more coherent, standardized method of contracting constructions projects, by comparing the pros and cons of various contract forms and legislations applied worldwide."
Claudia Adalgiza Teodorescu, Contract Management/Dispute Resolution Expert, Drumuri Poduri Journal (Romania)
The book is complete (534 pages) and easily accessible. It is subdivided into 18 sections, covering exhaustively a variety of issues relating to international construction contracts. Thus, as an example, the author tackles the relatively theoretical matter of international construction contract standardization, but also the crucial technical issues of price, reception and risk allocation in an international context.
Several authors and practitioners recognized in the field of international construction provided assistance to Lukas Klee in further specifying certain notions according to their particular cultural and professional profiles. We'll also note some very useful appendixes for the readers such as the multilingual dictionary of construction terms and the sample letters. It follows from all the observations that Lukas Klee's book is of great interest and value to professionals of international construction sector as well as for academics and instructors.
Revue Trimestrielle de Droit Immobilier No3 2015
Lukas Klee, JD, LL.M., Ph.D., MBA, is an international construction law expert, adjudicator and currently head of the legal department at Metrostav a.s., a large construction company based in central Europe. For over a decade Lukas has dealt with international construction contracts (FIDIC) on a daily basis and has participated in large construction projects in the Czech Republic and internationally. When away from the office, he lectures on international construction law, at the Charles University Faculty of Law in Prague, the Czech Technical University in Prague and at the University of Warsaw Faculty of Law. Over the course of his LL.M. studies at Nottingham Trent University and PhD studies at the Charles University Faculty of Law, Lukas focused on FIDIC forms of contracts. His MBA dissertation at Sheffield Hallam University further examined claim management implementation. Lukas regularly gives lectures for many organizations including FIDIC, provides training, publishes articles worldwide and is the author of several books related to international construction law.
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