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Road laws
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Road laws are the statutes governing the construction, use, dedication, and naming of public and private roads (see Road construction). Since the separation of legal spheres became established, road laws have been considered part of public law, but their effect also extends into private law [13. 331]. Road laws in this sense do not include the right of way in civil law, a right in rem attached to land permitting public access to make a way …

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Otto, Martin, “Road laws”, 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 01 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_030125>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210601

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