Oxalic Acid and the applicable law: the Rome Convention and construction

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Philip Britton

A paper based on the first prize entry in the Hudson Prize Competition
2002 presented to the Society of Construction Law in London on 6th May

This paper aims to answer two questions on the rules of choice of law,
contained in the ome Convention (the Convention on the Law Applicable
to Contractual Obligations of 1980) implemented for the UK by the Contracts
(Applicable Law) Act 1990: how do these uniform European rules of choice
of law work? and do they produce clear and intelligible outcomes for
cases related to construction? The author considers the Convention and
the case law, in particular Samcrete Egypt Engineers and Contractors,
Kenburn Waste Management Ltd and Ennstone Building Products Ltd (a construction
case) and sets out the lessons to be learnt from these cases.

Introduction - Background - Status of the Convention - Scope of the Convention
- The choice of law rules in the Convention - The Convention in the Court
of Appeal - Construction: the lessons from the Court of Appeal - Conclusion:
and the future

Philip Britton LLB BCL is Director of the Centre of Construction Law & Management,
King's College London and part-time Director of Professional Education
at solicitors Farrer & Co.

Text 18 pages.

PDF file size: 175k

Paper number: 
May 2003, printed/online, 175k

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