In Colombia, there is a civil code which includes substantive rules that determine particularly the rights of individuals regarding the status of persons, their property, obligations, contracts and civil actions.
This Colombian Civil Code compiles normative provisions that are applicable in matters of general government competence under the constitution and common civil affairs of its inhabitants.
Compliance with this Civil Code is mandatory for those who are in Colombian territory, whether Colombian or foreign residents or foreigners who are passing through Colombia.
The Colombian Civil Code establishes in its Chapter I (object and force of this code) articles 1,2 and 3 that are read as follows:
OBJECT AND FORCE OF THIS CODE
CHAPTER 1. INCLUDED PROVISIONS
The Civil Code includes the substantive legal provisions that determine in particular the rights of individuals, by reason of the status of persons, their property, obligations, contracts and civil actions.
CHAPTER 2. APPLICABILITY
This Civil Code of the Union brings together the provisions of the nature expressed in the foregoing article which are applicable in matters within the competence of the general government under the Constitution, and in the ordinary civilians of the inhabitants of the territories which it administers.
CHAPTER 3. OBLIGATORY
Considered this Code as a whole in each of the titles, chapters and articles of which it is composed, it forms the rule established by the Colombian legislator, which is a duty of individuals to adjust in their civil affairs, which is what constitutes the law or national civil law.