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Statutes (Latin statuta) are legal regulations with a narrow range of (territorial or material) applicability, that is, relating to groups of persons or organs. They presuppose the existence of farther-reaching, superordinate regulations, which they are issued to supplement, resolve, or implement.

The concept of the statute originates in the ius commune, in contrast to which, as general law, it encompasses local legal systems. As the ius commune became more widely established, particularly after 1500 with the reception of ius commune, the concept of the statute came …

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Brauneder, Wilhelm, “Statutes”, 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 21 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_028233>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208

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