Subjective Good Faith and Objective Good Faith: Misunderstandings from a Lack of Clarity in the Distinction of These Concepts (Buena Fe Subjetiva y Buena Fe Objetiva: Equívocos a los Que Conduce la Falta de Claridad en la Distinción de Tales Conceptos) (Spanish)

Revista de Derecho Privado, No. 17, 2009

32 Pages Posted: 19 Jan 2010 Last revised: 30 Jan 2010

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

This article makes clear the confusion in a sector of Colombian jurisprudence between the concept of objective good faith and subjective good faith that has transcended part of the doctrine and legislation (C. Co., art. 863). It seeks to show some serious misunderstandings such as: assume that the objective good faith includes both a good and blameless good faith in which the coach is not required; claim that the rule against their own acts is governed by the subjective good faith and is a manifestation of the theory of appearance; claim to protect in the name of the principle of good faith the mental representation of debtors who believe they have met, ignoring the requirement of good faith imposed objective to deploy an effective behavior; and incorrectly assess the scope of the presumption of good faith. These misunderstandings raises the need to regain the paths of Roman law, in which the original concept of good faith was always tied to the duty to honest and fair conduct compared to the other party to the contract.

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Keywords: objective good faith, subjective good faith, good faith free of guilt, bona fide presumption, theory of appearance, venire contra factum proprium

Suggested Citation

Neme Villarreal, Martha Lucia, Subjective Good Faith and Objective Good Faith: Misunderstandings from a Lack of Clarity in the Distinction of These Concepts (Buena Fe Subjetiva y Buena Fe Objetiva: Equívocos a los Que Conduce la Falta de Claridad en la Distinción de Tales Conceptos) (Spanish) (2009). Revista de Derecho Privado, No. 17, 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1538334

Martha Lucia Neme Villarreal (Contact Author)

Universidad Externado de Colombia ( email )

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Colombia

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