Precontractual liability in Chilean private international law

Ignacia Vial U. María

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Chilean law has no specific conflict rules to determine the law governing precontractual liability in the negotiation of international contracts; this absence of rules generates legal uncertainty for the negotiating parties to these contracts, when linked to Chile. To ascertain this law, Chilean courts need to make an extensive and teleological interpretation of general conflict rules in force that points to different applicable laws. It is convenient that this interpretation is done harmoniously by courts following certain guidelines -as those given in this paper- to obtain congruent judgements between Chilean courts and foreign competing courts. These guidelines should be flexible and guarantee a governing law that is predictable, fair, and reasonably connected to the precontractual claim. De lege ferenda, it is advisable that Chilean Private International law includes specific conflict rules on precontractual liability. They could be modelled on those of Rome II Regulation and be flexible by using alternative connecting factors that help to ascertain the most appropriate national substantive law to govern cases on this liability.

Translated title of the contributionLa responsabilidad precontractual en el Derecho internacional privado chileno
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-183
Number of pages21
JournalIus et Praxis
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2023
Externally publishedYes

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  • Chilean Private International law on precontractual liability
  • Conflict rules on precontractual liability
  • Derecho Internacional Privado Chileno regulador de la responsabilidad precontractual
  • Normas de conflicto sobre responsabilidad precontractual
  • precontractual liability
  • responsabilidad precontractual


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