The Principles on Choice of Law in International Commercial Contracts (HCCH Principles), the first “soft-law” instrument of the HCCH, are designed to promote party autonomy in international commercial contracts. By acknowledging that parties to a contract may be best positioned to determine which set of legal norms is most suitable for their transaction, party autonomy in the international commercial context enhances predictability and legal certainty – important conditions for effective cross-border trade and commerce. At the same time, the HCCH Principles also set reasonable boundaries to party autonomy and thus may provide a refinement of the concept where it is already accepted. 

This specialised section contains a range of information on the Principles, including its full text, status tables and explanatory documents.