Party Autonomy in International Family Law: A Note from an Economic Perspective
22 Pages Posted: 29 Sep 2013 Last revised: 14 Jul 2015
Date Written: July 15, 2013
This paper aims to contribute to the discussion concerning the scope of party autonomy in international family law. It is suggested to adopt a wider view and analyse the principle of party autonomy from the efficiency perspective. In particular, this short note questions the widely accepted assumption that agreements in family law are very similar, if not identical, to other forms of market transactions. In order to facilitate the debate, it is suggested to take into consideration that some forms of agreements perform signaling function and therefore should be treated differently from other forms of market transactions. It is argued that such a perspective could help identify the surplus value of the agreement. The paper concludes with some further thoughts about the implications of the signaling and surplus value to the discussion on party autonomy in international family law.
Keywords: party autonomy, private international law, conflict of laws, law and economics, efficiency, family law, signaling
JEL Classification: A12, A13, D60, D61, D62, D63, K0, K10, K12
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