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This chapter analyses the current role of Public Policy in Spanish Private International Law. Firstly, it sharps the concept of international public policy, distinguishing it from other figures such as purely domestic imperative norms and overriding mandatory norms. Secondly, it points out the main characteristics of this exception in Spanish PIL. In the third place, it refers to the sources of Spanish public policy paying special attention to the Spanish Constitution. The last and longest part of the chapter explores deeply the application of the clause in different sectors of private law. After this analysis, the chapter concludes that Spain has become an individualistic country where equality and freedom prevail over objective notions of human dignity as a criterion for the acceptability of any behaviour.

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