Precedent in Colombia

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The aim of this report is to determine whether judicial decisions have the nature of precedent in the Colombian legal system, and if this is the case, what are the foundations and characteristics of this nature. In this context, I will speak about precedent with both the ideas that, according to Bell, make up this concept, namely, "treating previous judicial decisions as authoritative statements of the law which can serve as good legal reasons for subsequent decisions" and requiring "judges in specific courts to treat certain previous decisions, notably of superior courts, as a binding reason".
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPrecedent and the law
Subtitle of host publicationreports of the XVIIth congress, International Academy of Comparative Law, Utrecht, 16-22 July 2006
EditorsEwoud Hondius
Place of PublicationBrussels
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9782802724346
Publication statusPublished - 2007
EventInternational Congress of Comparative Law (17th : 2006) - Utrecht, Netherlands
Duration: 16 Jul 200622 Jul 2006


ConferenceInternational Congress of Comparative Law (17th : 2006)
CityUtrecht, Netherlands


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