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In Roman private law, the delegatio is a three-person relationship by which the instructing party (delegant) authorizes the instructed party (delegate) to make a payment to or enter into an obligation with a third party, the recipient of the instruction (delegatee), in his own name but at the expense of the party instructing him. The basis of the delegatio is a unilateral informal declaration ( iussum ) accepting liability for the action of another person. It represents one of the most important transactions in Roman credit law, and has been th…

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Meissel, Franz-Stefan (Vienna), “Delegatio”, 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 22 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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