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156 Part III: Electronic signatures and international contracts businesses contracting with companies located in contracting states and non- contracting states of CISG because it would make it possible to apply the same rules regardless of whether the requirements of Article 1 were met.492 However, that provision was eliminated from the final draft. The arguments raised by Germany and Norway addressed the fear that contracting parties may designate CISG as the applicable law to a pure domestic contract derogating mandatory provisions.493 It should be noted that under the Rome Convention the choice of a foreign law in a domestic contract is currently possible in EU member states but the mandatory rules of the country which the domestic contract is related to are safeguarded (Article 3.3). C. Convention on the Law Applicable to Contractual Obligations I. Background The Convention on the Law Applicable to Contractual Obligations,494 also known as the Rome Convention, was approved on June 19, 1980 and entered into force almost eleven years later, on April 1, 1991.495 The Rome Convention sets forth the rules of private international law on contractual matters for the EU member states.496 Its rules apply both to paper as well as to electronic International Trade Law, 1971, Volume П, (A/CN.9/52), pp. 52 para. 13 and pp. 54-55, para. 36-42. 492 UNCITRAL, Commentary on the draft convention on the International Sale of Goods, Yearbook of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, Volume VII, 1976, (A/CN.9/116, annex II), p. 99. 493 UNCITRAL, Comments by Governments...
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