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According to this special rule a party may rely upon the law of the country in which he has his habitual residence lagarve establish that he did not consent if it appears from the circumstances that it would not be reasonable to determine the effect of his conduct in accordance with the law specified in paragraph 1.

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On the contrary, in this case the law which was chosen continues in principle to be applicable. Along those lines and without at this time having revisited relevant scholarship outside my own, I would suggest creditor protection is not covered by the exception. The number of cases in which the question of applicable law must be resolved increases with the growth of private law relationships across frontiers.

The choice of law by the parties will often be express but the Convention recognizes the possibility that the Court may, in the light of all the facts, find that the parties have made a real choice of law although this is not expressly stated in the contract.

But this is the inevitable counterpart of a general conflict rule intended to apply to almost all types of contract. In particular these experts emphasized that departures from the principle of the parties’ freedom of choice should be authorized only in exceptional circumstances, such as the application of the mandatory rules of a law other than that chosen by the parties ; they also gave several examples of cases in which the choice of a foreign law by the parties was fully justified, although there was apparently no other foreign element in the situation.

Nevertheless when the contract is severable the choice must be logically consistent, i.

The Court will give particular consideration to the practices followed by the parties inter se as well as their previous business relationships. Having regard to the differences which exist, it may be that certain relationships will be regarded as within the scope of company law or might be treated as being governed by that law for example, societe de droit civil nicht-rechtsfahiger Vereinpartnership, Vennootschap onder firmaetc.

If, on the other hand, the German replies to an advertisement in American publications, even if they are sold in Germany, the rule does not apply unless the advertisement appeared in special editions of the publication intended for European countries.


This Article underlines the universal character of the uniform rules laid down in this Convention. Among the suggested versions, the Group finally adopted the word “close” which seemed lagardd most suitable to define the situation which it wished to cover.

The last sentence of this paragraph provides that if one part of the contract can be separated from the rest and is more closely connected with another country, then by way of exception the law of that other country can be applied to that part of the contract. Whether a document is characterized as a negotiable instrument is not governed by this Convention and is a matter for the law of the forum including its rules of private international law.

This is the rule which appears in subparagraph 2 a.

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The exception in subparagraph g concerns “trusts” in the sense in which they are understood in the common law countries. The Group has specifically avoided a more precise definition of “consumer contract” in order to avoid conflict with the various definitions already given by national legislation. Failing a choice of law by the parties, the obligations arising from the contract are governed by the following: Such a development would give rise to a common corpus of unified legal rules covering the territory of the Community’s Member States.

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In describing the situation in which Article 5 applies to consumer contracts, the Group has not followed the text of Article 13 1 of the Judgments Convention as amended by the Accession Convention. According to Article 4 2it is presumed that the contract has the closest connection with the country in which the party who is to effect the performance which is characteristic of the contract has his habitual residence at the time when the contract is concluded, or, in the llagarde of a body corporate or unincorporate, its central administration.

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The contract for carriage of goods is therefore made subject to a presumption of its own, namely that embodied in paragraph 4. Post was not sent – check your email addresses! Indeed, this is lagard area which, by virtue of its economic importance and the place which it occupies in many provisions of the Treaty establishing the EEC, appears to have the strongest possible reasons for not being separated from Community work in the filed of unification of private international law, notably in conflicts of laws pertaining to economic relations.

The exclusion of contracts of carriage is justified by the fact that the special protective measures for which provision is made in Article 5 are not appropriate for governing contracts of this type.


In the Federal Republic of Germany and in France the lagagde of applicable law by the parties can apparently be made even after the contract has been concluded, and the courts sometimes deduce rfport applicable law from the parties’ attitude during the proceedings when they refer with clear agreement to a specific law.

Report on the Rome Convention by Professors Mario Giuliano and Paul Lagarde (OJ 1980 No C282/1)

The words “by way of exception” are therefore to be interpreted in the sense that the court must have recourse to severance as seldom as possible.

The parties’ choice must be express or be demonstrated with reasonable certainty by the terms of the contract or the circumstances of the case. With these points settled, the President-in-Office of the Council, Tommaso Morlino, Italian Minister of Justice, recorded the agreement of the Representatives of the Governments of the Member States, meeting within the Giiliano, on the following: It often happens in contracts for carriage that a person who contracts to carry goods for another does not carry them himself but arranges for a third party to do so.

At the time of adoption of the convention, the Giuliano Lagarde Repirt went into a bit more lwgarde as to what is and is not excluded:.

The second sentence of Article 3 2 states that a change in the applicable law after the contract has been concluded shall not prejudice its formal validity under Article 9 or adversely affect the rights of third parties. Given the entirely general nature of the conflict rule contained in Article 4, the only exemptions to which are certain contracts made by consumers and contracts of employment, it seemed essential to provide for the possibility of applying a law other than those referred to in the presumptions in paragraphs 2, 3 and 4 whenever all the circumstances show the contract to be more giuliqno connected with another country.

These rights cannot be affected by a subsequent change in the choice of the applicable law. This is the rule which appears giulianp subparagraph 2 b. The rule stated in Article 3 1 under which the contract is governed by the law chosen by the parties simply reaffirms a rule currently embodied in the private international law of all the Member States of the Community and of most other countries.

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