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I. Introduction
(1,516 words)

Volume III: Private International Law | Chapter 29 (1974): Agency

Completed in November 1970

François Rigaux

1. Terminology and definitions. – Before it is possible to examine the place of agency in the conflict of laws, it is necessary to lay down a clear terminology and to define the main concepts of this subject-matter.

Agency “is a consensual relationship in which one (the agent) holds in trust for and subject to the control of another (the principal) a power to affect certain legal relations of that other”.1

Principal (P) and Agent (A) are bound together by a legal relationsh…

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François Rigaux, “I. Introduction”, in: International Encyclopedia of Comparative Law Online, Edited by: U. Drobnig, R. David, H. H. Egawa, R. Graveson, V. Knapp, A. T. Von Mehren, Y. Noda, S. Rozmaryn, V. M. Tschchikvadze, H. Valladão, H. Yntema, K. Zweigert. Consulted online on 31 May 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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