Latin America | 17 September 2018
As in most Latin American countries, individuals who enter into contracts with the State of Ecuador are subject to administrative law, a division of public law influenced by Europe’s mainland. This legal system requires strict submission to the law for any action carried out by public officers; this is known as the principle of legality. Greater focus is placed on this principle when public funds under contracts are managed. Consequently, any action subject to public law and that is not consistent with the procedures established in the law are deemed to be unlawful.