LeonineThe etymology of leonine takes us to the Latin word leonīnus. The first meaning mentioned in the dictionary of the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE) refers to what is linked to Lion (the feline mammal whose scientific name is Panthera leo).

The most common use of the concept, however, allows qualifying a contract or a agreement that only provides advantages to one of the parties. When there is a lion’s agreement, therefore, there are winners and losers.

For instance: “The opposition denounced the leonine contract signed by the national government with the construction company”, “He lent me the money with leonine conditions, but I had to accept since I had no other option”.

In a leonine contract, all of the Profits they are for one of the parties, while the losses are for the remainder or remainders. The clauses, in this framework, are imposed by the most powerful.

Suppose that a person who is unemployed needs to have money urgently to pay the rent for your home: otherwise, you will be evicted. Faced with this situation, he goes to a lender who, taking advantage of the situation, imposes leonine clauses: he grants him a loan of 10,000 pesos that he must repay in twenty installments of 1,000 pesos; that is, with an interest of 100%.

The Leonine Contract belongs to the group of partnership contracts, which are those through which two or more parties, which may be individuals or legal entities, reach an agreement to each contribute something to reach a common goal. The operation of this society it is governed by the statutes that must be approved in this contract and the precepts that contravene them are annulled.

It is important to point out that the profits do not always go to one of the parties, but can go to two or more of them; however, it is true that the total losses are received by others. If we strictly base ourselves on the principles of equity, which in the field of legal science establishes that the court or judge must give each party what they deserve, without excess or reduction, we understand that a leonine contract cannot be approved by laws and, therefore, it is void by virtue of the law.

LeonineThe use of this term to denote an unfair contract has its origin in a very popular fable by the Roman fabulist known as Gaius Julius Phaedrus, it fell Or simply, Phaedrus. In this story, the lion is associated with various animals to capture a prey but when he understands that if they distribute the food among all he would not have enough, he decides to keep everything using his superior strength to intimidate to the rest.

There is also talk of Leonine clause to describe one that is not negotiated individually under the terms of a contract, but is imposed by only one of the parties on the rest. The Leonine clauses oppose the principle of good faith since they cause a significant imbalance in the Rights and the obligations of the parties.

This type of clause also known as abusive and the law considers it null and void, that is, it does not cancel the contract directly but it does require a substantial alteration of it to prevent one of the parties from being harmed for the benefit of the other.

In some countries South Americans, finally, the individual who was born under the astrological sign of Leo. Those born between July 23th and the August 22ndWell, they are leonines, like Barack Obama, Sandra Bullock, Manu Ginobili and Ben affleck.