Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

9-2008

Abstract

Two fundamental principles relating to party autonomy developed in the recent history of the conflict of laws. Despite initial reservations, the law today takes for granted that the parties’ agreement is nearly conclusive in respect of both their choice of litigation forum and their choice of the law governing the contractual relationship. Meanwhile, the law of obligations – in tort, restitution and equity – has grown apace; disputes between contracting parties today are rarely confined to pure contractual issues. Can contracting parties choose the law to govern non-contractual disputes in cross-border litigation? In the absence of such choice, to what extent can or should the choice of law in contract be relevant to selection of the law applicable to non-contractual obligations in their disputes? It is also important to distinguish between these two situations if different legal consequences follow. This article addresses these issues, with specific reference to Singapore law.

Discipline

Asian Studies | Comparative and Foreign Law | Contracts | Dispute Resolution and Arbitration

Research Areas

Dispute Resolution

Publication

Singapore Academy of Law Journal

Volume

20

Issue

2

First Page

723

Last Page

745

ISSN

0218-2009

Publisher

Singapore Academy of Law

Additional URL

http://www.sal.org.sg/digitallibrary/Lists/SAL%20Journal/DispForm.aspx?ID=458