The Autonomous Contract

Table of Contents

Reflecting the borderless electronic-commercial environment in contracting

1. Introduction

2. In search of autonomy

2.1. The diminishing role of States

2.2. Solutions available within national law

2.2.1. Uniform law and its limitations

2.2.2. Uniform rules and principles

2.2.3. Situation specific standard contracts

2.3. A transnational regulatory order for contracts

2.3.1. International commercial arbitration (ICA)

2.3.2. Lex Mercatoria - and its essential link to arbitration

2.3.3. Codified general contract principles as lex mercatoria

2.3.4. Protective principles as a necessary part of lex mercatoria

2.4. The autonomous contract - an a-national solution, a summary

3. The problem of predictability

3.1. Predictability at a municipal level

3.2. Uniformity at an international level

3.2.1. The UN Convention on the Law of Treaties

3.2.2. Interpretation clauses within uniform laws

4. Alternative solutions

4.1. Independent supra-national interpretation tribunals

4.2. Authoritative reviews as co-ordinating guides

4.3. Limiting of sources for interpretation

4.4. Information technology solutions - transnational harmonising information and knowledge-bases

4.5. E-contract solutions?

4.6. Education

5. Summary

6. Endnote

Endnotes