The unilateral juridical act or the unilateral promise versus the contractual offer standpoint has formed the basis of discussions for advertisements for reward. In the case of the UK perspective, the advertisement for a reward is enforced as a contract (a unilateral contract). The advertisement for reward hence is treated with the elements of offer and acceptance as with any other contract. On the other hand, the German law solidifies the obligations on the side of the promiser of reward by means of the unilateral promise doctrine. A comparative discussion on the nature of reward advertisement from UK, German law and Chinese law perspective is conducted here.
Recommendations are made for improving the Chinese law position on the same.As discussed in the previous chapters, the German legislation follows the unilateral promise, United Kingdom follows the contract style or the unilateral and/or bilateral agreement and Chinese legislation falls either ways. Given these previous discussions, this subsection attempts to present what these differences are more clearly so as to make recommendations for the Chinese position.
The unilateral promise or the unilateral contract applied in the case of the advertisement for reward situation is different from the normal bilateral contract agreement. A bilateral agreement is one in which the agreement is signed upon by two people or more. A bilateral contract is a promise made from either ends towards the completion of the commitments of the contract. On the other hand, the unilateral contract is one that is made by one person only. This is the first step towards understanding how the rewards advertisement offer differs from a normal contract offer.