THE PRINCIPLE OF GOOD FAITH.
SYSTEM AND NONSYSTEM

K.V. NAM,
Ph.D. in Law, LL.M, Partner in Law Firm Lex Consilium

DOI: 10.24031/1992-2043-2019-19-1-28-74

Russian law, following the current legal trends, has embraced not only the principle of good
faith, but also many of the legal institutions based on it. The norms contained in the Civil
Code of the Russian Federation in general reflect the system of the principle of good faith
prevailing in foreign and international doctrine. However, merely formalizing the relevant
norms in the text of the law is clearly not enough, especially since the very formulations
of the norms often turn out to be not entirely successful. Norms and rules based on the
principle of good faith continue to be part of it and should be considered in its context and
its system. Based on the nature, content and system of the principle of good faith, these
norms should be understood, interpreted, filled with content and applied. The analysis of
legal norms, doctrine and judicial practice conducted in the article shows the problems
associated with the incorrect, in the opinion of the author, understanding of both the
principle of good faith and the legal institutions and rules derived from it. The problems
identified are related to the fact that the analyzed institutions and rules are considered in
Russian civil law outside the system of the principle of good faith. To solve these problems,
as well as to prevent them from occurring in the future, approaches are proposed based on
consideration of relevant legal institutions in the system of the principle of good faith.


Keywords: civil law; system of the principle of good faith; functions of the principle of
good faith.

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Nam K.V. (Moscow) – Ph.D. in Law, LL.M., Partner in Law Firm Lex Consilium
(117246, Moscow, Nauchnyj Pr., 14, Bldg. 1; e-mail: 6964889@gmail.com).

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