Convention of 14 March 1978 on the Law Applicable to Agency

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General Information

  1. Type: Convention
  2. Date of signature:
  3. Place of signature: The Hague, The Netherlands
  4. Depositary:
  5. Date of entry into force: 01/05/1992



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What is it about?

This Convention determines the law applicable to relationships of an international character arising where a person, the agent, has the authority to act, acts or purports to act on behalf of another person, the principal, in dealing with a third party. Three types of situations are envisioned : provisions specifying the law applicable to relations between the agent and his or her client, between the client and a third party, and between the agent and a third party.

Why is it relevant?

The Convention allows for the determination of the law of international contracts for agents and representation.

Additional Information

States become party to this Convention for a five year period. If there has been no denunciation, it is renewed tacitly every five years.


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