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The Roman Concept of Ownership and the Medieval Doctrine of <i>Dominium Utile</i>

Thomas Rüfner

in The Creation of the Ius Commune

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780748638970
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651481 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638970.003.0015
The Roman Concept of Ownership and the Medieval Doctrine of Dominium Utile

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This chapter analyses Bartolus de Saxoferrato's definition of ownership in context, showing the anachronism of many modern interpretations of it. It argues that, properly understood, Bartolus' definition is perfectly compatible with feudal realities and the medieval concept of dominium utile. It concludes that the path of medieval scholarship was from regula to casus.

Keywords: Bartolus de Saxoferrato; ownership; anachronism; dominium utile; medieval scholarship; regula; casus

Chapter.  8383 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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