The convention on the law applicable to contractual obligations 1980 or the rome convention is a measure in private international law or conflict of laws which creates a common choice of law system in contracts within the european union the convention determines which law should be used but does not harmonise the substance the actual law. Traditional rules of private international law on jurisdiction are based on geographical connecting factors such as domicile of the parties which are sometimes not applicable in the internet to ensure the online activities of a foreign defendant and the us is currently participating in negotiations for convention on choice of law rules . There is a general recognition that there is a need for an international law of contracts for example many nations have ratified the vienna convention on the international sale of goods the rome convention on the law applicable to contractual obligations offers less specialized uniformity and there is support for the unidroit principles of . The field of choice of law for contracts through the eu regulation on the law applicable to contractual obligations rome i2 norway is not part of the eu and private international law falls outside of the cooperation that it has with the eu the eea therefore private international law in norway is not subject to rome i. Governing law in the absence of choice the rome convention article 41 of the rome convention set out a default position whereby in the absence of choice of law by the parties the contract would be governed by the law of the country with which it was most closely connected
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