Mandatory Rules of the Rome I Regulation:Not “Old Wine in New Bottles”



Abstract: From the Convention on the law applicable to contractual obligations (the Rome Convention) to the Rome I Regulation, mandatory rules (provisions) have been in a controversial situation for a long period. The effect of the mandatory rules on contracts and their correlation with party autonomy are also debatable in private international law area. Party autonomy is always thought as one of the basic principles of international contracts. It has been paid much attention to since the first day it existed. So it is not surprising that 'the delineation of the proper ambit of party autonomy, and the extent to which it should be subordinated to mandatory law or public-policy principles, preoccupies much private-international-law scholarship.' As the Rome I Regulation come into force, the new article about mandatory rules has brought more debates than ever before. Whether the new article in the Rome I Regulation has its own innovation or not and what is its effect upon party autonomy have also been argued fiercely.Key words: Mandatory Rules; Rome I Regulation; Rome ConventionRésumé: De la Convention sur la loi applicable aux obligations contractuelles (Convention de Rome) de Règlement Rome I, les règles impératives (provisions) étaient dans une situation controversée pendant une longue période. L'effet des règles impératives sur les contrats et leur corrélation avec l'autonomie des parties sont également discutables dans le domaine de droit international privé. L'autonomie des parties est toujours considérée comme l'un des principes de base des contrats internationaux. On lui a donné beaucoup d'attention depuis le premier jour de son existence. Il n'est donc pas étonnant que «la délimitation de la portée adéquate de l'autonomie des parties, et la mesure dans laquelle il devrait être subordonné au droit impératif ou aux principes de politique publique, préoccupe beaucoup les experts de droit international privé.” Comme le Règlement Rome I entre en vigueur, le nouvel article sur les règles impératives a apporté plus de débats que jamais. Le fait que le nouvel article dans le Règlement Rome I a sa propre innovation ou non et quel est son effet sur l'autonomie des parties ont aussi discutés férocement. Mots clés: Règles imperatives; Règlement Rome I; Convention de Rome

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