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Provisions on Applicable Law

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States usually have no special legislation on conflict of laws with regard to intergovernmental organizations (IGOs). International conventions relating to conflict of laws - like national statutes - rarely contain special provisions for IGOs. Several IGOs have enacted general rules and regulations which lay down substantive conditions governing certain types of their contracts or similar relations with private parties. There are only a few scattered relevant provisions in international conventions, in IGO constitutions and in agreements on privileges and immunities. The general conditions for contracts adopted by the organization, the contracts themselves and arbitration agreements concluded by IGOs more frequently contain clauses on applicable law. The survey of such provisions and clauses demonstrates that there is not too much uniform practice - each organization frequently has its own way of doing things.

Keywords:applicable law; conflict provisions; contract clauses; IGO regulations; intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) constitutions; international conventions; national legislation



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