Reflections on the Pactum in the Public and Private Spheres

Luca Siliquini-Cinelli (Lead / Corresponding author)

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This chapter delves into the nature of the pactum as both substantial and functional bond, as well as mythical canon of any contractual-constituting initiative in the public and private spheres. The aim is to show that the movement toward the conceptualisation of good faith as an organising principle and implied term in the Common law tradition is due to the need to counterbalance our inhuman condition as made manifest by the humanitarian fac¸ade of the modern constitutional project. This claim is supported by an unconventional method of investigation that will promote the comparison between the role of political action at the public level and the increasing utilisation of the doctrine of good faith in Contract law theory and practice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Constitutional Dimension of Contract Law
Subtitle of host publicationA Comparative Perspective
EditorsLuca Siliquini-Cinelli, Andrew Hutchison
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
Number of pages34
ISBN (Electronic)9783319498430
ISBN (Print)9783319498423
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Good Faith
  • Categorical Imperative
  • Body Politic
  • Social Contract Theory
  • Perceptive Knowledge

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