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II. Fundamental Principles of Justice
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Volume II: The Legal Systems of the World/Their Comparison and Unification | Chapter 3 (1984): Sources of Law

Completed in January 1981

René David

19. The concept of higher law. – A prime source of law may be constituted by certain specific principles regarded as fundamental by and for society. These principles may be linked to a particular concept of the cosmic order ruling the universe or they may be imposed by religion; the equilibrium of the universe or the divi…

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René David, “II. Fundamental Principles of Justice”, 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 07 June 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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