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Securities law
(812 words)

1. Concept

As part of private law, securities law comprises the general rules, and particularly the rights and obligations, arising from securities. The German legal definition of a security (Wertpapier) evolved only in the 19th century, as “document of a legal claim, the realization of which is contingent in private law upon possession of the document” [4. 147]. However, individual scrutiny of known securities still dominated legal discussions in the early modern period.

2. 1450-1800

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Pahlow, Louis, “Securities 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 22 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_030299>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210601



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