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Party Autonomy in Private International Law


  • Author: Alex Mills, Faculty of Laws, University College London
  • Date Published: August 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107079175
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  • This book provides an unprecedented analysis and appraisal of party autonomy in private international law - the power of private parties to enter into agreements as to the forum in which their disputes will be resolved or the law which governs their legal relationships. It includes a detailed exploration of the historical origins of party autonomy as well as its various theoretical justifications, and an in-depth comparative study of the rules governing party autonomy in the European Union, the United States, common law systems, and in international codifications. It examines both choice of forum and choice of law, including arbitration agreements and choice of non-state law, and both contractual and non-contractual legal relations. This analysis demonstrates that while an apparent consensus around the core principle of party autonomy has emerged, its coherence as a doctrine is open to question as there remains significant variation in practice across its various facets and between legal systems.

    • Provides a broad comparative analysis of the rules governing party autonomy in various legal systems
    • A detailed analysis of the rules governing party autonomy across both choice of forum and choice of law, for both contractual and non-contractual disputes, helping readers to understand the extent to which these agreements are given effect consistently in practice across a variety of different contexts
    • Examines party autonomy both in relation to state and non-state forums and the choice of state and non-state law, as well as the historical and theoretical origins of party autonomy
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    'Alex Mills, of University College London, has undertaken a comprehensive analysis of party autonomy, the result of which is this stunning book, introducing an equilibrated approach to the theme, covering not only historical background and theoretical justifications of the principle but also a comparative study of the relevant rules of different jurisdictions. … the many magnificent features of this entirely faultless book enable the reviewer unhesitatingly to recommend it to academics and scholars who are seriously concerned with private international law, not disregarding its value also for practitioners engaged in the field. Postgraduate students could also highly benefit from this essential resource for their conflicts of laws module. No more needs to be said, apart from buying the book and giving it pride of place in your library.' Aygun Mammadzada, Journal of Business Law

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    30th May 2019 by Yinxiao

    this is a very good research reference book,hope can be read on line.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107079175
    • length: 592 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 34 mm
    • weight: 0.96kg
    • contains: 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Historical and theoretical foundations of party autonomy
    3. Choice of court agreements: effects and effectiveness
    4. choice of court agreements and non-contractual claims
    5. Limits on party autonomy in choice of court
    6. Arbitration agreements
    7. Choice of law in contract
    8. Choice of law in non-contractual relations
    9. Limits on party autonomy in choice of law
    10. Choice of non-state law
    11. Conclusions.

  • Author

    Alex Mills, Faculty of Laws, University College London
    Alex Mills is Professor of Public and Private International Law at the Faculty of Laws, University College London. He is the author of The Confluence of Public and Private International Law (Cambridge, 2009) and was awarded the American Society of International Law Private International Law Prize in 2010. He has Directed Studies in Private International Law at the Hague Academy of International Law, and he is a member of the Academic Research Panel of Blackstone Chambers and the Editorial Board of the International and Comparative Law Quarterly.

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