No. IV.2.3 - No repudiation of contractual consent by state party

A state or state controlled entity may not invoke its sovereignty or internal law to repudiate contractual consent.

This rule is a special case of the Principles of sanctity of contracts ("pacta sunt servanda") and good faith.

Please cite as: "Commentary to Trans-Lex Principle ,"
Arbitral Awards
Framatome-Award, YCA 1983, at 94, 101 et seq.
ICC Award No. 2321, YCA 1976, at 133 et seq. (also published in: Clunet 1975, at 938 et seq.)
LIAMCO v. The Government of the Libyan Arab Republic, YCA 1981, at 89 et seq.
Revere Copper & Brass, Inc. v. OPIC, 17 ILM 1978, at 1321 et seq.
Texaco Overseas Petroleum Company v. The Government of the Libyan Arab Republic, YCA 1979, at 177 et seq. (also published in: ILM, 1978, at 1 et seq.; Int‘l L. Rep. 1979, at 389 et seq.; Clunet 1977, at 350 et seq.).
The Government of the State of Kuwait v. The American Independent Oil Company (AMINOIL), YCA 1984, at 71 et seq.
Bishop, R. Doak, International Arbitration of Petroleum Disputes: The Development of a Lex Petrolea, YCA 1998, at 1131 et seq.
Blessing, Marc, Das neue internationale Schiedsgerichtsrecht der Schweiz - Ein Fortschritt oder ein Rückschritt?, in: Böckstiegel (ed.), Die internationale Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit in der Schweiz (II), Cologne, Berlin, Bonn, Munich 1989, at 13 et seq.
Bucher, Andreas, Die neue internationale Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit in der Schweiz, Basel, Frankfurt a.M. 1989
Craig, W. Laurence/ Park, William W./ Paulsson, Jan, International Chamber of Commerce Arbitration, 3rd ed., Dobbs Ferry 2000
Domingo, Ortega, Rodriguez-Antolin, Zambrana, Principios de Derecho Global, Navarra, 2006
Lowenfeld, Andreas F., Lex Mercatoria: An Arbitrator's View, Arb.Int’l 1990, at 133 et seq.
Mayer, Pierre, Le Principe de Bonne Foi devant les Arbitres du Commerce International, in: Festschrift Pierre Lalive, Basel, Frankfurt a.M. 1993, at 543 et seq.
Mustill, Michael, The New Lex Mercatoria: The First Twenty-five Years, Arb.Int'l 1988, at 86 et seq.
Note, General Principles of Law in International Commercial Arbitration, 101 Harv.L.Rev. 1987/88, at 1816 et seq.
Paulsson, Jan, La Lex Mercatoria dans l‘Arbitrage C.C.I, Rev.d.Arb. 1990. at 55 et seq.
Paulsson, Jan, May a State Invoke its Internal Law to Repudiate Consent to International Commercial Arbitration?, Arb.Int'l 1986, et seq.
International Legislation
Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties of 1969
National Legislation
IPRG - Swiss International Private Law (Swiss PIL)
Contract Clauses
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