Rome I—application and interpretation
Rome I—application and interpretation

The following Dispute Resolution practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Rome I—application and interpretation
  • Purpose of Rome I
  • Relationship between Rome I and Rome II
  • Relationship between Rome I and the Rome Convention
  • When did Rome I come into force?
  • Which countries apply Rome I?
  • Denmark’s position
  • UK's position
  • Countries which joined the EU after 17 December 2009
  • Reservations
  • More...

Rome I—application and interpretation

This Practice Note is for use when determining applicable law where the contract was entered into on or before 31 December 2020.

For guidance on the position where the contract was entered into on or after 1 January 2021, see Practice Note: Retained Rome I—application and interpretation.

For guidance on understanding why different regimes are applicable depending on the date on which the contract was entered into, see Practice Note: Brexit post implementation period—considerations for dispute resolution practitioners including, in particular, main section: Applicable law.

For guidance on whether judgments of the Court of Justice are binding on UK courts, see Q&A: Are UK courts and tribunals bound by decisions of the Court of Justice of the European Union post-Brexit?.

This Practice Note provides an explanation as to when and why Regulation (EC) 593/2008, Rome I was introduced. It covers the implementation of Regulation (EC) 593/2008, Rome I and the countries which are signatories, and therefore subject to the regulation, and reservations made by different countries. The Practice Note then provides assistance on the interpretation of Regulation (EC) 593/2008, Rome I.

Regulation (EC) 593/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 June 2008 on the law applicable to contractual obligations, Rome I is referenced in this Practice Note as Regulation (EC) 593/2008, Rome I.

Purpose of Rome I

Recital [6] of Regulation (EC) 593/2008, Rome

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