Ius et Praxis
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MARTINEZ CARDENAS, Betty. A NEW PERSPECTIVE OF THE CONTINENTAL TRADITION INTO COLOMBIAN LEGAL SYSTE. Ius et Praxis [online]. 2011, vol.17, n.2, pp. 25-52. ISSN 0718-0012. http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-00122011000200003.
With the development of the constitutional case law from 1991, part of the Colombian doctrine sets out the necessity of changing the nature of the Colombian legal system, of continental tradition, to one of a "mixed" nature with the purpose of establishing among us the "new law". Is this necessity truly certain? The study of the nature of Colombian law through the comparative law technique shows, by contrary, that it is not simply the role that is granted to the case law that can change the nature of the system, since, first, through its origins and general principles, the civil law character of Colombian law is confirmed, and, second, within this system, the case law has a role much more important than just creating law: that of interpreting and updating it.
Palabras clave : Civil Law; New Law; Continental Tradition.