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1. Concept and status in 1450

The key characteristic of arbitration is its voluntary nature. In contrast to ordinary jurisdiction, the parties to a conflict in arbitration proceedings consensually agree to submit their case to a third party (an individual, a committee, an institution, etc.). Arbitration was of great importance on all levels of society as a way to avoid or resolv…

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Kampmann, Christoph, “Arbitration”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 19 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321

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