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ICC Award No. 14841/JHN, Clunet 2015, 180 et seq.

Title
ICC Award No. 14841/JHN, Clunet 2015, 180 et seq.
Content
180

I. - Droit applicable. — Séparabilité de la clause de droit applicable (oui). — Application de l'adage iura novit curia en arbitrage (non).
II. — Contrat de licence/Contrat de franchise. — Requalification d'un contrat de licence en contrat de franchise (oui). — Obligation pré contractuelle d'information (non). — Application du principe de bonne foi entre les parties (oui). — Nullité de la clause d'exclusivité du contrat de franchise (non).
III.— Preuves. — Preuve de la réticence dolosive (non).
IV. — Preuve de la réticence dolosive (non).
V. — Violation des articles 81(1) et (2) du Traité CE. — Preuve de la restriction de concurrence. — Atteinte au marché entre États membre (non).

Sentence arbitrale finale rendue dans l'affaire CCI n° 14841/JHN en 2009 (original en langue anglaise).

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55. In view of the fact that a franchise contract is a contract of permanent duration, characterized by a close personal cooperation with high commercial relevance particularly for the franchisee, the parties to a franchise contract must (strictly) honor the principle of good faith (Giesler/Nauschütt, op. cit., p. 508). For this reason, a franchisor has an obligation to protect the interests of the franchisee and is subject to pre-contractual disclosure obligations which go beyond the obligations of a mere licensor ».

Referring Principles
Trans-Lex Principle: I.1.1 - Good faith and fair dealing in international trade
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