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Part 2 National and Regional Reports, Part 2.4 Europe: Coordinated by Thomas Kadner Graziano, 50 Ukraine: Ukrainian Perspectives on the Hague Principles »

Dmytro Vorobey
From: Choice of Law in International Commercial Contracts
Edited By: Daniel Girsberger, Thomas Kadner Graziano, Jan L Neels
This chapter studies Ukrainian perspectives on the Hague Principles. Ukrainian private international law act, or formally the ‘Law of Ukraine “On Private International Law” ’ (PIL), was adopted on June 23, 2005. As per the Preamble to the PIL, it applies to ‘private [legal] relationships which are connected to one or more legal orders other than the Ukrainian legal order’. According to Article 2 of the PIL, it applies to matters of choice of law, procedural standing of foreign citizens, stateless persons and foreign legal entities, jurisdiction of Ukrainian courts in cases involving foreign parties, execution of letters rogatory, and recognition and enforcement of foreign court judgements in Ukraine. The Ukrainian private international law and specifically the PIL were influenced by the 1980 Rome Convention on the Law Applicable to Contractual Obligations. Although, considering the relative novelty of the Hague Principles, the authority of the courts to refer to the Hague Principles has not been addressed by the higher Ukrainian courts, the courts have frequently referred to the international codifications of contract law such as the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts.