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Good Faith in Australian Contract Law


John Carter


University of Sydney - Faculty of Law

Elisabeth Peden


University of Sydney - Faculty of Law


Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 06/55
Journal of Contract Law, Vol. 19, p. 156, 2003

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This article seeks to address and arrest the recent judicial trend to reduce 'good faith' in contract law to an implied term with a vague and inappropriate meaning. The authors argue that good faith is inherent in all common law contract principles, and that an attempt to imply an independent term requiring good faith is at once unnecessary and a retrograde step. The article further discusses the meaning of 'good faith', which requires a sophistocated understanding of the meaning of 'honesty'. Further, the problems with defining 'good faith' as including 'reasonableness' and 'unconscionability' are outlined.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 24

Keywords: Good faith, Contract law, Commercial construction of contract, Implied terms

JEL Classification: K12, K40

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Date posted: November 28, 2006  

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Carter, John and Peden, Elisabeth, Good Faith in Australian Contract Law. ; Journal of Contract Law, Vol. 19, p. 156, 2003. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=947352

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John Carter (Contact Author)
University of Sydney - Faculty of Law ( email )
Faculty of Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia
Elisabeth Peden
University of Sydney - Faculty of Law ( email )
Faculty of Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia
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