Maxwell Lectures Webinar: Lex Constructionis - or My Country's Rules?
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Date: Thursday, 10 September 2020
Webinar: 5pm - 6pm*
Q&A: 6pm - 6.15pm*
Webinar Details: This is a free webinar and will be conducted via Zoom.
Contract law in all countries in the world is based on the twin principles of freedom of contract, and pacta sunt servanda. However, each jurisdiction has laws that impact on contracts for construction work. Local laws apply if the governing law of the contract is in the jurisdiction, if the site of the construction work is in the jurisdiction, or if the seat of dispute resolution is in the jurisdiction. This lecture explores the question of whether there are universally accepted principles of construction law, a lex constructionis, or whether it is Trumped in every jurisdiction by local laws that differ from international norms.
Three issues will be discussed that can promote greater uniformity in the international practice of construction law: the use of FIDIC contracts, international commercial arbitration and the UNIDROIT Principles of Commercial Contracts. Some government responses to the impact of COVID-19 on construction contracts will be reviewed through the prism of lex constructionis.
Dr Donald Charrett BE(Hons), LLB(Hons), MConstLaw, PhD, FIEAust, FCIArb
Dr Charrett is a Barrister and practises in construction law as an Arbitrator, Expert Determiner, Mediator and Member of Dispute Boards. He is a member of the FIDIC President’s List of Adjudicators and an accredited FIDIC Trainer. As Senior Fellow at Melbourne University, he co-presents a Master’s course in international construction law. Prior to becoming a lawyer, he worked as an engineer for over 30 years.
Dr Charrett has published widely and presented numerous conference papers and training courses. He is the author/joint author/editor of five books on construction law, including “The International Application of FIDIC Contracts: A Practical Guide”.
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