The Contractual Principle of Good Faith and the Duty of Honesty in Bhasin v. Hrynew


  • Shannon O'Byrne Faculty of Law, University of Alberta
  • Ronnie Cohen Luter School of Business, Christopher Newport University



This article explores the Supreme Court of Canada’s 2014 decision in Bhasin v. Hrynew. This includes an assessment of the new duty of honesty in contractual performance and the newly identified organizing principle of good faith. The authors also discuss contracting out of the duty of honesty — which Bhasin itself raises as a possibility — by assessing both Canadian and American law on point, including the Uniform Commercial Code. The article concludes that Bhasin’s largest and most lasting contribution is likely in how it expressly legitimates and defends the role of good faith in the common law of contract.





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