European Private International Law - Choice of Law
This course deals with European Union (EU) choice of law. Part One of this course discusses general problems of choice of law such as connecting factors, characterization, renvoi, mandatory norms, and public policy. Part Two deals with choice of law in matters of contract, focusing on Regulation (EC) No. 593/2008 (Rome I). It notably examines the principle of party autonomy, applicable default rules, the application of mandatory norms, and public policy. Part Three addresses choice of law in tort matters and explores the main principles established in Regulation (EC) No. 864/2007 (Rome II). It analyses the general rule set forth in the Regulation, as well as a number of specific rules applicable to particular categories of tort liability (product liability; unfair competition; environmental damage; etc.).
Assessment for this course is based on class participation (20%) and a final examination (80%).