EU private international law and application of EU directives protecting weaker contracting parties

Author:
María Campo Comba

Abstract:
The Rome I Regulation on the law applicable to contractual obligations includes special conflict rules that determine the law applicable to consumer contracts and individual employment contracts. However, in some cases, these rules are not enough to ensure the application of the mandatory provisions contained in the EU directives protecting weaker contracting parties according to their intentions and objectives. This study analyses the existing inconsistencies regarding the coordination between the Rome I Regulation and those directives, focusing specially on consumer contracts and individual employment contracts. The possible mechanisms of the Rome I Regulation to ensure the protection emanating from the mentioned directives are examined. This study proposes a European private international law method that takes more into account the EU needs, particularly regarding the harmonised areas of EU law such as EU consumer law.

Index:
1. INTRODUCCIÓN.—2. ART. 6 RI SOBRE LEY APLICABLE A CONTRATOS DE CONSUMO Y APLICACIÓN DE LAS DIRECTIVAS EUROPEAS EN MATERIA DE CONSUMO.— 2.1. La redacción actual del art. 6 RI—2.2. La aplicación de las directivas en materia de consumo desde la perspectiva del Derecho internacional privado.—3. ART. 8 RI SOBRE LEY APLICABLE A CONTRATOS DE TRABAJO Y APLICACIÓN DE LAS DIRECTIVAS EUROPEAS EN MATERIA DE TRABAJO.—4. EL ART. 3.4 RI Y LA APLICACIÓN DEL DERECHO IMPERATIVO EUROPEO.—5. EL ART. 9 RI COMO POSIBLE MECANISMO DE PROTECCIÓN DE PARTES CONTRACTUALES DÉBILES.—6. REFLEXIÓN Y CONCLUSIONES

Keywords:
consumer contracts; EU directives; EU mandatory provisions; individual employment contracts; overriding mandatory provisions; Rome I Regulation; weaker contracting parties;

Issue:
REDI Vol. 73 1 2021

Section:
Studies

Pages:
57-82

DOI:
http://dx.doi.org/10.17103/redi.73.1.2021.1.02

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