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Application of Mandatory Rules in the Private International Law of Contracts

A Critical Analysis of Approaches in Selected Continental and Common Law Jurisdictions, with a View to the Development of South African Law

Kerstin Ann Susann Schäfer

The application of mandatory rules in private international law of contracts is a controversial topic of growing international concern. Legislatures are increasingly intervening in private contracts in order to protect the economic interests of state, or the interests of vulnerable groups, such as consumers or employees. This thesis addresses two major contexts in which the application of mandatory rules arises, namely the restriction of party autonomy by the application of certain mandatory rules of a law, other than the chosen law, and the application of internationally mandatory rules of the forum, the proper law and, most controversially, of a third country.
Approaches of academic writing, case law, legislature, and treaties in England, Germany and Switzerland are compared and critically analysed. Paying also attention to the legal situation in South Africa, the analysis results to provide guidelines for the application of mandatory rules in private international law of contracts.

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Abbreviations of journals and reports AC Law Reports, Appeal Cases AD Appellate Division All E R All England Law Reports Am J Comp L American Journal of Comparative Law Am J Int L American Journal of International Law Ann Inst Dr int Annuaire de l’Institute de Droit international ASSAL Annual Survey of South African Law BAGE Entscheidungen des Bundesarbeitsgerichts BB Betriebsberater Ber D Ges Völk R Berichte der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Völkerrecht BGE Entscheidungen des schweizerischen Bundesgerichts BGHZ Entscheidungen des Bundesgerichtshofs in Zivilsachen Bing Bingham New Cases, Common Pleas Reports BML Businessman’s Law British YB Int L The British Year Book on International Law Ch/ Ch D Law Reports, Chancery Division CILSA Comparative and International Journal of Southern Africa CLJ The Cambridge Law Journal CLR Commonwealth Law Reports (Australien) Clunet Journal du droit international privé et de law jurisprodrunce comparée CMLR Common Market Law Reports Cruchot Journal du droit international DB Der Betrieb ELR European Law Reports EuZW Europäische Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsrecht EwiR Entscheidungen zum Wirtschaftsrecht FSC Federal Supreme Court of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland German YB Int L German Yearbook of International Law- Jahrbuch für internationales Recht Harv L Rev Harvard Law Review IBL International Business lawyer ICLQ International and Comparative Law Quarterly Int Encyclopedia International Encyclopedia of Comparative Law Int L Q International Law Quarterly IPRax Zeitschrift für International Privatrechtliche Praxis 364 Abbreviations of journals and reports IPRespr Die Deutsche Rechtsprechungspraxis auf dem Gebiete des Internationalen Privatrechts IzRespr...

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