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A. The concept (CT)

Since the late Middle Ages, the legal concept of aequitas has been translated by equity, although a differentiation was made between the two terms, particularly in the 19th cent.

Equity can best be described as a source of law, which claims validity in addition to the positive legal system and helps to decide individual cases. Martinus Gosia (*around 1100)…

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Repgen, Tilman (Cologne), “Aequitas”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 10 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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