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The Effect of an Entire Agreement Clause on Contract Interpretation in Business-to-Business Agreements

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dc.title The Effect of an Entire Agreement Clause on Contract Interpretation in Business-to-Business Agreements en
ethesis.faculty Oikeustieteellinen tiedekunta fi
ethesis.faculty Faculty of Law en
ethesis.faculty Juridiska fakulteten sv
ethesis.faculty.URI Helsingin yliopisto fi University of Helsinki en Helsingfors universitet sv
dct.creator Järvinen, Janna
dct.issued 2022 und
dct.abstract This thesis examines the way entire agreement clauses affect contract interpretation according to Finnish law. One of the main questions arising in connection with entire agreement clauses is, what factors should be considered. The research question is approached through legal dogmatics. Emphasis is placed on permitted sources of law since entire agreement clauses are not regulated on the level of law. Principles of contract law, Nordic case law, and international principle collections are the main sources in the research. The first part of the thesis discusses entire agreement clauses in general and the regulatory framework around the subject. Objectives of entire agreement clauses are represented in order to understand why the clause might be foreign to the Finnish legal system and why it requires more detailed assessment. In the second part, the emphasis is on contract interpretation and all the effects it has when a contract includes an entire agreement clause. Since entire agreement clauses originate from common law countries, contract interpretation is often based on an objective method of interpretation. In Finland, the contract is the primary source of interpretation, but also subjective factors have an impact. Principle of loyalty, trade practice, and conduct of the contracting parties are in the centre of the research. The third part of the thesis focuses on supplementary interpretation of contracts and how it is affected by entire agreement clauses. Since an entire agreement clause seeks to exclude all other contract material from the contract, a conflict arises when the parties have omitted to agree on all necessary terms. Rules for supplementing an agreement, which contains an entire agreement clause are sought in Norwegian and Swedish case law. The last part of the thesis summarises the conclusions made in the research. Based on the analysis, four interpretation rules, that can be used in interpreting how an entire agreement clause affects contract interpretation, are suggested. Firstly, the parties must have acted in accordance with the written contract and thus maintained the validity of the contract clause. Secondly, the parties must have agreed exhaustively on the content of the contractual relationship. Lastly, if the parties do not want other interpretation material than the contract to be used in interpretation or supplementary interpretation, they must have specifically excluded use of such material or factors. en
dct.subject Integraatioehto
dct.subject integrationsklausul
dct.subject integration clause
dct.subject entire agreement clause
dct.subject merger clause
ethesis.language englanti fi
ethesis.language English en
ethesis.language engelska sv
ethesis.thesistype pro gradu -tutkielmat fi
ethesis.thesistype master's thesis en
ethesis.thesistype pro gradu-avhandlingar sv
dct.identifier.ethesis E-thesisID:0175e1c7-723b-4c25-8110-6b183f5c959b
ethesis-internal.timestamp.reviewStep 2022-01-04 17:11:27:025
dct.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:hulib-202201271173
dct.alternative Integraatioehdon vaikutus sopimuksen tulkintaan yritysten välisissä sopimuksissa fi
ethesis.facultystudyline Velvoiteoikeus fi
ethesis.facultystudyline Obligation Law en
ethesis.facultystudyline Obligationsrätt sv
ethesis.mastersdegreeprogram Oikeustieteen maisterin koulutusohjelma fi
ethesis.mastersdegreeprogram Master's Programme in Law en
ethesis.mastersdegreeprogram Magisterprogrammet i rättsvetenskap sv

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