The Normative and Jural Meanings of the Anti-Deprivation Principle Vis-à-Vis Freedom of Contract

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Contracts and clauses negotiated by the parties with the objective purpose of depriving the debtor of assets upon insolvency contravene the collective, mandatory nature of insolvency procedures and, as a result, the anti-deprivation principle. This paper provides a theoretical conceptualisation of the normative meaning of the anti-deprivation principle by marking its separation from the principle of freedom of contract. If willingly and consistently applied by courts, this conceptualisation has the potential of providing enhanced predictability on the use of the anti-deprivation principle in insolvency cases.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Insolvency Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 5 Mar 2022


  • Anti-Deprivation Principle
  • Freedom of Contract
  • Corporate Insolvency
  • Commercial Contracts
  • Ipso Facto Clauses

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