Outline of commercial law

"I have treated within the purview of commercial law all those legal principles, from whatever branch of law they are drawn, which regularly surface in commercial disputes. It has long seemed to me that there is an unfortunate gulf between the commercial lawyer and the property and equity lawyer. Contract, sale of goods and negotiable instruments are accepted as falling within the domain of the former, equitable interests and conflicting real rights within the latter's field of expertise. But in the world of business, problems do not divide themselves into neat packages. ... The practitioner has to be familiar with the principles of each of these fields of law in order to be able to give sound advice to his client."
-- Professor Sir Roy Goode, QC[1]

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to commercial law:

Commercial law body of law that governs business and commercial transactions. It is often considered to be a branch of civil law and deals with issues of both private law and public law. It is also called business law.

What type of thing is commercial law?

Commercial law can be described as all of the following:

Branches of commercial law

By region

Commercial law occupations

History of commercial law

Business entities


Intellectual property

Dispute resolution

General commercial law concepts

Commercial law organizations

Commercial law publications

See also


  1. R.M. Goode (2004). Commercial Law (3rd ed.). Penguin. p. xxvii. ISBN 978-0140289633.
  2. Robertson, Crimes against humanity, 90; see "analytical jurisprudence" for extensive debate on what law is; in The Concept of Law Hart argued law is a "system of rules" (Campbell, The Contribution of Legal Studies, 184); Austin said law was "the command of a sovereign, backed by the threat of a sanction" (Bix, John Austin); Dworkin describes law as an "interpretive concept" to achieve justice (Dworkin, Law's Empire, 410); and Raz argues law is an "authority" to mediate people's interests (Raz, The Authority of Law, 3–36).
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