Human dignity under the "Rebus Sic Stantibus" doctrine


  • Mária Patakyová Comenius University in Bratislava, Faculty of Law
  • Barbora Grambličková Comenius University in Bratislava, Faculty of Law
  • Mária T. Patakyová Comenius University in Bratislava, Faculty of Law



human dignity, human rights, Rebus Sic Stantibus, impossibility of performance


This article deals with the applicability of the Rebus Sic Stantibus doctrine, which is a lawful exception to the Pacta Sunt Servanda principle. It deals with the question on whether the Rebus Sic Stantibus could be applied on the impossibilities of performance caused by subjective reasons (besides the force majeur events which are traditionally connected with the doctrine). The hypothetical situation which is discussed in the article consists in a business relation between two entrepreneurs, whereas one party exercises a personal performance for the other, and this personal performance becomes to infringe human dignity of the performer. Particularly, the article asks the question on how, if at all, it is possible for a personal performance breaching human dignity to trigger the Rebus Sic Stantibus exception. The article, after discussing the concept of human dignity as well as the Rebus Sic Stantibus doctrine; answers, that the application is possible. The Slovak legal order is chosen as the working field for this article, however, the findings are applicable more broadly, as the article also elaborates on the theoretical bases of the question at stake.


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How to Cite

Patakyová, . M., Grambličková, . B., & Patakyová, . M. (2017). Human dignity under the "Rebus Sic Stantibus" doctrine. Bratislava Law Review, 1(2), 64–73.