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Principle

No. I.1.4 - Abuse of rights

A party may not exercise a right merely to damage the other party or to achieve a result which is disproportionate to the result intended by the legal principle out of which the right arises. 

Commentary
The Principle provides a classical example of a behaviour which is contrary to the general principle of good faith and fair dealing.

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References
Arbitral Awards
ICC Award No. 12456, Collection of ICC Arbitral Awards 2008-2011, at 811 et seq.
ICSID Award of April 11, 2007, Waguih Elie George Siag and Clorinda Vecchi vs. The Arab Republic of Egypt, ICSID Case No. ARB/05/15
ICSID Decision on Jurisdiction and Admissibility, Abaclat and Others vs. The Argentine Republic, ICSID Case No. ARB/07/5
Court Decisions
Cour de cassation de Belgique, C070214N, 17th Ocotber 2008
Cour de cassation de Belgique, C090565N, 1st October 2010
Cour de cassation de Belgique, C090624F, 6th January 2011
EuGH C-110/99, Emsland-Stärke GmbH v. Hauptzollamt Hamburg-Jonas, 14. December 2000
EuGH C-321/05, Hans Markus Kofoed v. Skatteministeriet, 5. July 2007
Doctrine
Baldwin, Edward; Kantor, Mark; Nolan, Michael, Limits to Enforcement oof ICSID Awards, Journal of International Arbitration 2006 at page 1 et seq.
Hurni, Christoph, Berner Kommentar zur ZPO, Art. 52 at page 449 et seq.
Lenaerts, Annekatrien, The General Principle of the Prohibiton of Abuse of Rights: A Crictical Position on Its Role in a Codified European Contract Lawm European Review of Private Law 6, 2010, at page 1121 et seq.
Penneau, Anne, L'article 1134 du code civil et l'abus du droit d'user d'une clause résolutoire, in: Recueil Dalloz 2006 at page 1796 et seq.
Sorensen, Karsten Engsig, Abuse of Rights in Community Law: A Principle of Substance or Merely Rhetoric?, CML Rev. 2006 at page 423 et seq.
National Legislation
Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch - German Civil Code
United Arab Emirates Civil Code 1987
Contract Clauses
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