- Contract — Rome Convention — Rome I Regulation and choice of law — Recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments – traditional rules
This chapter examines the applicable law for contracts. Domestic contract law consists of two very different sorts of rules: the traditional rules and the more modern rules. The concept of mandatory rules only deals with the second class of rules. This chapter first considers the nature of the problem of ascertaining the applicable law with respect to contracts and a number of different solutions that have been tried in different countries to address it. It then discusses the history and purpose of the Rome Convention, as well as its relevant provisions and those of the Contracts (Applicable Law) Act 1990. It also analyses the Rome I Regulation, the circumstances under which it applies, and how it deals with special contracts. Finally, it looks at the Rome I Regulation's relationship with other provisions of EU law and international conventions.
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