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Ius eminens (eminent domain)
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1. Definition

Ius eminens (literally, “eminent right”) is a legal construction that in the early modern period essentially functioned as the equivalent to the modern concept of expropriation. It designated the right of a ruler (Territorial sovereignty [Holy Roman Empire]) to dispose of the lives and especially the property of subjects in cases of “emergency,” when the public interest of common good (Latin utilitas publica) required. Ius eminen…

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Simon, Thomas, “Ius eminens (eminent domain)”, 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 15 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_021548>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190124



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