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II. Freedom to Marry
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Volume IV: Persons and Family | Chapter 3 (1997): Formation of Marriage

Completed 1 Jan. 1991; a few subsequent important developments have been taken into account.

Dagmar Coester-Waltjen, Michael Coester

A. Freedom From Compulsion to Marriage

17. – Several declarations and conventions of the united nations provide that a marriage may only be concluded with the free and full consent of both intending spouses.1 Even insofar as these rules are binding international law, however, we shall fi…

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Dagmar Coester-Waltjen and Michael Coester, “II. Freedom to Marry”, 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 29 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2018

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