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Transfer, in the legal sense the cession of a right. Distinction is to be made between a) the cession of a claim, b) the cession of all one's property by way of bankruptcy (cessio bonorum) and c) cession of ownership before the praetor (  in iure cessio ).

a) The modern jurist understands by cession an agreement to transfer a claim, with the effect that, in place of the former creditor (cessor), claim against the debtor (debitor cessus) falls to a new creditor (cessee). The idea of such a transfer without the agreement of the debtor is foreign to the Romans. They see the  obligatio

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Meissel, Franz-Stefan (Vienna), “Cessio”, 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 24 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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