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1.1. Definition

In modern parlance, jurisdiction describes the activity and function of courts of law. That does not, however, exhaust the meaning of the term in the early modern period: the word iurisdictio was a juristic technical term. It designated not only a specific governmental function, but also primarily a sovereign right that was of key importance to the legal justification for territorial sovereignty, especially in the 16th century. Iuri…

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Simon, Thomas, Eibach, Joachim and Härter, Karl, “Jurisdiction”, 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_019948>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190124

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