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Particular law
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1. Definition and proliferation

Particular law is the name given to sources of law that were valid only in a specific thematic or geographic area (ius patriae, i.e. native customary law), where they competed with ius commune derived from Roman law. The designation of a source of law as “particular” became important as a means of differentiating such laws from ius commune. A plethora of particular laws were in force in early modern Europe, from long-established customs to municipal law and t…

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Löhnig, Martin, “Particular 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 10 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_025292>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721

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