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Le Nouvel Article 3.3.1 Des Principes Unidroit 2010 Sur Le Contrat Violant Une Règle Impérative: Un Regard Critique Du Point De Vue Du Droit International Privé (A Critical Appraisal of Article 3.3.1 of the PICC on Contracts Infringing Mandatory Rules)


Gilles Cuniberti


University of Luxembourg

October 9, 2013

Uniform Law Review, 2013, Forthcoming
University of Luxembourg Law Working Paper No. 2013-4

Abstract:     
L’une des innovations des Principes UNIDROIT relatifs aux contrats du commerce international 2010 est d’introduire une nouvelle disposition, l’article 3.3.1, sur le Contrat violant une règle impérative. L’objet de cet article est d’offrir une analyse critique de cette disposition. L’article 3.3.1 pose en effet trois difficultés. La principale est qu’il prétend influer sur l’application de règles impératives malgré l’origine privée des Principes. Il introduit par ailleurs une distinction entre règles prescrivant expressément les effets de leur violation sur le contrat et règles ne prescrivant pas expressément ces effets dont la pertinence est douteuse. Enfin, il semble vouloir distinguer entre effets sur le contrat et moyens fondés sur l’inexécution du contrat.

The 2010 UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts include several new provisions on illegality. This paper offers a critical appraisal of one of them, Article 3.3.1 on Contracts Infringing Mandatory Rules. First, the paper wonders the extent to which applicable mandatory rules will tolerate the attempt of Article 3.3.1 to regulate their application. The paper then focuses on the distinction between effects of the infringement upon the contract expressly prescribed by the applicable mandatory rule and effects non expressly prescribed. It argues that, while the distinction makes sense in the context of the American Restatement (Second) on Contracts, which inspired the drafters, it does not in the context of a private instrument which will essentially be used by arbitrators to decide particular disputes. Finally, the paper discusses the relevance of the distinction between effects of the infringement of a mandatory rule upon the contract and the right to exercise remedies under the contract.

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Keywords: International Commercial Contracts, UNIDROIT Principles, Illegality, Mandatory Rules, Arbitration, Restatement, Private international law

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Cuniberti, Gilles, Le Nouvel Article 3.3.1 Des Principes Unidroit 2010 Sur Le Contrat Violant Une Règle Impérative: Un Regard Critique Du Point De Vue Du Droit International Privé (A Critical Appraisal of Article 3.3.1 of the PICC on Contracts Infringing Mandatory Rules) (October 9, 2013). Uniform Law Review, 2013, Forthcoming; University of Luxembourg Law Working Paper No. 2013-4. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2337943

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University of Luxembourg ( email )
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Luxembourg, 2721
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