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Service contract
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1. Concept

In present-day law, the category of service contract includes agreements obligating a person to perform certain services in exchange for payment. The service contract was distinguished gradually as a specific type of contract (Contract [private law]) only in early modern jurisprudence. The basis for this lay in received Roman law, in which the concept of “hire” in the locatio conductio (hiring, leasing, service and work contract) provided a comprehensive form o…

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Hofer, Sibylle, “Service contract”, 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 24 May 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_018330>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210601



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