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No. I.3.2 - Lex specialis-Principle
Specialized laws prevail over general laws ("lex specialis derogat legi generali").
The Principle contains a generally recognized rule of interpretation pursuant to which the more specific provision takes precedence over the more general one. 2
The Principle is based on the presumption that, in enacting a law or drafting a contract provision, a lawmaker or contract drafter does not want to create a law or contractual provision that would be devoid of any scope of application. This would be the case if the general rule always prevailed.Please cite as: "Commentary to Trans-Lex Principle , http://www.trans-lex.org/910000"
Arbitral AwardsICC Award No. 5946 of 1990, YCA 1991, at 97 et seq.Iran-US Claims Tribunal, Amoco Int‘l Finance Corp. v. Iran, 15 IRAN-U.S. C.T.R., at 189 et seq.
DoctrineSchulze, Reiner, Gemeineuropäisches Privatrecht und Rechtsgeschichte, in: Müller-Graff (ed.), Gemeinsames Privatrecht in der Europäischen Gemeinschaft, Baden-Baden 1993, at 71 et seq.
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