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Case law
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1. Definition

Case law (Ger. Richterrecht) designates objective law  that is created by the verdict of a judgejudge or court of law and is considered valid from that moment on. In general, it is the sum of legal norms and principles created by judges when deciding individual cases without interpreting a given law or customary law. Case law continues to influence Anglo-American law to a considerable extent today, while statute law enjoys precedence in the legal world of continental Europe. The term precedent describes the o…

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Czeguhn, Ignacio, “Case law”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 05 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_026735>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160907

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