Peter Kincaid, 1993
This article focuses on the proper law of the contract with reference to the freedom of parties to choose the governing law, as well as determining the governing law in the absence of a choice by the parties. The author distinguishes between domestic and foreign contracts, the latter excluding all contracts that impinge on New Zealand society on the basis that the characteristic performer habitually resides in New Zealand. Taking the view that contract choice of law should reflect primarily the interests of the parties, with the forum’s public interests playing a secondary role only, the author explores limitations, such as mandatory laws and public policy, on the application of the designated proper law.
Nicky Richardson, 1992
The author provides an in-depth discussion and criticism of the Rome Convention on the Law Applicable to Contractual Obligations (1980). The essence of the discussion centres on how the Convention deals with the concept of party autonomy in contractual situations. The author concludes that Article 3 supports party autonomy and clarifies certain related matters, whereas Article 7(1), which relates to mandatory rules, is an ambiguous and uncertain provision. Lastly, it is suggested that the concepts of characteristic performance and mandatory rules should be considered when reforming New Zealand choice of law in contract.