- The purpose and coherence of the rules on good faith acquisition and acquisitive prescription in the Draft Common Frame of Reference: a tale of two gatekeepers
- European Review of Private Law
- Volume | Issue number
- 21 | 3
- Number of pages
- Document type
- Faculty of Law (FdR)
- Centre for the Study of European Contract Law (CSECL)
The drafters of Book VIII of the Draft Common Frame of Reference (DCFR) have consistently tried to formulate rules on the related topics of acquisitive prescription and good faith acquisition to further the underlying policy goals: where ordinary transfer has failed, good faith acquisition should instantly validate transfers a non domino if this is commercially desirable, supplemented by acquisitive prescription stepping in when legal certainty calls for validation at a later date. This article examines the coherence of the DCFR rules on these topics and argues that several requirements for successfully invoking the rules on good faith acquisition and acquisitive prescription are not in accordance with their respective policy goals. The resulting incoherence implies that they will not be able to perform their role as 'gatekeepers of ownership' optimally.
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