VOLUME 3 (2008), ISSUE 1, Contributions to Pragmatic Consequentialist Legal Theory <Previous Contributions to Pragmatic Consequentialist Legal Theory     Next Contributions to Pragmatic Consequentialist Legal Theory>

“Descodificación”, constitucionalización y recodificación del Derecho Privado: ¿es todavía útil el código civil?

Luciano Benetti Timm, Pontificia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul.

Translated by: Maximiliano Marzetti

Luciano Benetti Timm (2008) "“Descodificación”, constitucionalización y recodificación del Derecho Privado: ¿es todavía útil el código civil?", The Latin American and Caribbean Journal of Legal Studies: Vol. 3: No. 1, Article 2.

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The new ‘must’ in Brazilian private law is the so called ‘constitucionalization’ of institutions that historically pertained to the realm of private law such as contracts and property--as a result of the influence of the German Law idea of Drittwirkung der Grundrechte and the Italian intellectual movement della decodificazione civile. The former claims the methodological application of the principles of the Constitution (manly the idea of human dignity and other fundamental rights) to interpret general clauses such as social function of property and of contracts. The latter argues in favor of the decodification of private law (the death of the Civil Code). The paper discuss the application of those ideas to Brazilian Law and defends the radiating power and vitality of the Civil Code and private law.

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