Good Faith in International Law

Author: Steven Reinhold

  • Good Faith in International Law

    Good Faith in International Law



As a ‘general principle’, good faith forms part of the sources of international law. Still not widely examined in relation to rights and obligations, the aim here is to demonstrate the specific characteristics of the principle. In general, international law rules
such as pacta sunt servanda, abuse of rights, estoppel and acquiescence and the negotiation of disputes are grounded, to some extent, in good faith. In treaty law, good faith has various manifestations from the time prior to signature through to interpretation. These are outlined here. The article argues that good faith acts to mediate the effects of States’ rights in international law, in order to achieve acceptable results when competing interests exist. Fundamentally, good faith is a limitation of State sovereignty, albeit one that is necessary, as it protects other States and their trust and reliance in international law.

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How to Cite:

Reinhold, S., (2015) “Good Faith in International Law”, Journal of Law and Jurisprudence 2(1).



Published on
26 Jul 2015
Peer Reviewed