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Boilerplate clauses, international commercial contracts and the applicable law

Boilerplate clauses, international commercial contracts and the applicable law

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  • Giuditta Cordero-Moss (Editor)

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Original languageEnglish
Place of publicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Publication date2011
ISBN (Electronic)9780511667503
ISBN (Print)9780521197892
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Abstract

With the aim of creating an autonomous regime for the interpretation and application of the contract, boilerplate clauses are often inserted into international commercial contracts without negotiations or regard for their legal effects. The assumption that a sufficiently detailed and clear language will ensure that the legal effects of the contract will only be based on the contract, as opposed to the applicable law, was originally encouraged by English courts, and today most international contracts have these clauses, irrespective of the governing law. This collection of essays demonstrates that this assumption is not fully applicable under systems of civil law, because these systems are based on principles, such as good faith and loyalty, which contradict this approach.

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