Party Autonomy

  • Christoph Schmon
Part of the Short Studies in Private International Law book series (SSIL)


Party autonomy rallies almost unquestioned support in international contract law. However, it is controversial to define the borders and parameters of party autonomy. Lawmakers have regulated party autonomy in international transactions by setting out conditions under which parties may choose the law which governs their contractual relationship or define a forum before which a claim should be brought. The same holds true for the Brussels I Recast and the Rome I Regulations, both of which respect the declared intention of the parties and implement restrictions that limit the choice of forum and law generally or for certain contracts. On a more granular level, the relevant rules pay tribute to the fundamental and distinctive characteristics of rules on jurisdiction and conflict of laws, respectively. The Rome I Regulation pays respect to all circumstances of a case and tends to review the result of a choice considering public policy. The Brussels I Regulation follows a procedural rationale when it provides a variety of options for forum agreements. If choices are made in contradiction with overriding principles, it invalidates the choices altogether.


Party Autonomy Contractual Freedom Choice of Law Choice of Forum Commercial Arbitration Limits of Party Autonomy Validity Universality Internationality 


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  • Christoph Schmon
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  1. 1.NottinghamUK

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