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Particular Law
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[German Version]

Generally speaking, particular law is the law governing a portion of a legal community. The concept presupposes a legal community that is inclusive (universal) but subdivided. In the history of secular law, it is commonly used for the local law in force in different territories against the background of the common law deriving from Roman law. In canon law (I, 3), it can refer to the law of particular churches (dioceses) against the background of the law of the worldwide Catholic Church. But the law of the worldwide church is itself divid…

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Germann, Michael, “Particular Law”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 15 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_024376>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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