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Dominium utile
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Dominium utile is a form of divided ownership in the European legal tradition whereby the individual elements of property law, especially the right to use and dispose of an object (Res), were divided between different people. A typical case was the feudal relationship (Feudal law) in which the lord held the power to dispose of a fief while the vassal had the right to use it. This division of ownership rights distinguishes dominium utile from joint ownership or concurrent estate, in which all owners have the same rights to a thing.

The origins of the concept of dominium utile lie in medi…

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Thier, Andreas, “Dominium utile”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 22 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_020157>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170626



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