The Rome I Regulation (see the dedicated section of our site, and the programme of the forthcoming conference organized by the Journal of Private International Law) has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union n. L 177 of 4 July 2008. The official reference is the following:
Regulation (EC) No 593/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 June 2008 on the law applicable to contractual obligations (Rome I) (OJ no. L 177, p. 6 ff.). Pursuant to its Articles 28 and 29, the regulation will apply from 17 December 2009, to contracts concluded after the same date. As it is widely known, Denmark and the United Kingdom did not take part in the adoption of the regulation and are not bound by it (see Recitals no. 45 and 46): however, the position of the latter State is currently being evaluated in the frame of the public consultation launched by the British Ministry of Justice. The responses to the consultation paper and the final decision of the UK government will be posted as soon as they are available.