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II. Capacity
(11,971 words)

Volume IV: Persons and Family | Chapter 2 (1995): Persons

Andreas Heldrich und Anton F. Steiner1

A. Introduction

i. Subject Matter and Definition

11. Legal personality and capacity. – It has already been mentioned in the preceding sub-chapter on legal personality that the strict distinction, which is made in legal systems of german origin, between the ability of a person to hold rights and duties (legal personality, Rechtsfähigkeit, capacité de jouissance) and the competence to exercise rights or…

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Andreas Heldrich and Anton F. Steiner, “II. Capacity”, 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 25 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2018

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