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Ius commune
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1. Definition

Ius commune, which in Latin means “common law,” means general law in the broadest sense. In a narrower sense, in continental Europe, it was and remains primarily Roman law, that is, the law set forth in the Corpus iuris civilis (the legal compilation commissioned by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century). Ius commune additionally included legal sources that were generally viewed as binding (in the Holy …

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Eisfeld, Jens, “Ius commune”, 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 23 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_019826>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190124



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