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Delict, law of
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1. Origins

The early modern period (15th-17th century) witnessed the birth of liability law in the modern sense. It was not until then that an independent field of law finally emerged that was dedicated entirely to regulating the conditions in which an injured part - independent of any contractual obligation - received damages from the injuring party. The background of this development was constituted by state monopolization of criminal prosecution (Criminal la…

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Jansen, Nils, “Delict, law of”, 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 17 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_018215>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170626



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