The historical background of contractual choice of law is still hardly discussed in the literature of Indonesian private international law. The available literature merely focuses on the scope and limitation of the choice of law. The choice of law is accepted and discussed as a widely acknowledged doctrine without sufficiently addressing its origin and evolvement until it became the concept as we understand to date. Employing an exposition through the academic literature, this article studies the narrative that began the idea of contractual choice of law up to the end of the 19th century as an intricate idea in private international law.

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Latar historis doktrin pilihan hukum dalam kontrak masih belum banyak didiskusikan dalam literatur hukum perdata internasional Indonesia. Literatur yang ada lebih berfokus pada ruang lingkup dan batasan-batasan dari pilihan hukum. Pilihan hukum dibahas sebagai doktrin yang telah diterima secara luas, tanpa pembahasan yang cukup mengenai asal-usulnya, sampai kemudian menjadi doktrin sebagaimana yang diterima dan dipahami saat ini. Dengan memanfaatkan literatur akademis, artikel ini menelaah sejarah pemikiran yang mengawali pilihan hukum dalam kontrak sampai dengan akhir abad ke-19, sebagai sebuah ide yang rumit dalam hukum perdata internasional.


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