Judgment No. 1916
THE COMPLAINT IS DISMISSED.
The complainant argued that the date the contract enters into force is not negotiable - it must be the date the parties actually sign the contract. "The Tribunal does not agree with the complainant. A contract is concluded when there is a firm and definitive unity of intentions between the contracting parties; it generally takes the form, particularly where, as in this case, it consists of a contract by correspondence, of an offer made by one party followed by the acceptance of the offer by the other party. [...] But in certain instances, the contract may be held to be concluded, by interpretation of the intentions of the parties, even in the absence of agreement on the subsidiary points."
effective date; general principle; law of contract; offer; intention of parties; acceptance; date