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A. Concept and foundations

According to Inst. Iust. 3,13 pr., an obligatio is a iuris vinculum, quo necessitate adstringimur alicuius solvendae rei secundum nostrae civitatis iura ('a legal tie whereby we are bound according to the laws of our State to give some performance'). In this sense, obligatio refers to a relationship of indebtedness whereby a debitor (debtor) is obligated to his creditor (creditor) in respect of one or more performances. This relationship of indebtedness may ari…

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Apathy, Peter (Linz), “Obligatio”, 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 01 December 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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