Limitation and Prescription

A Comparative Legal History

2019. 6 Tab.; X, 679 S.
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Within both the Civil Law and the Common Law we find means of acquiring and losing rights, or freeing ourselves from obligations by the passage of time. The ratio thereof is twofold: (1) In the words of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. »Sometimes it is said that, if a man neglects to enforce his rights, he cannot complain if, after a while, the law follows his example« and (2) A claim should not hang above the head of the debtor as if it were a Damocles’ sword, or on the words of Best CJ »long dormant claims have more cruelty than justice in them.« This ratio is and has been felt strongly in every jurisdiction, but legislation, case law and jurisprudence but the specifications thereof show substantial dissimilarities, notably between the Common Law and the Civil Law, even thus that in recent times several Law Commissions reported about future modifications and other jurisdictions enacted new legislation. This book gives the necessary historical background on a comparative basis.


Harry Dondorp, Eltjo Schrage, David Ibbetson

Harry Dondorp
Limitation and Prescription in Justinian’s Corpus Iuris Civilis

Emanuele Conte
Lapse of Time in Medieval Laws: Procedure, Prescription, Presumptions, Custom

Harry Dondorp
Prescription and Limitation in Medieval Canon Law

Paul Brand
Limitation and Prescription in the Early English Common Law (to c. 1307)

Sir John Baker
Prescriptive Customs in English Law 1300–1800

Neil Jones
Lapse of Time in Equity 1560–1660

David Ibbetson
Limitation and Prescription in Early-Modern England

Jan Hallebeek
Early Modern Scholasticism on Acquisitive and Extinctive Prescription

Andrew R. C. Simpson
Legal Learning and the Prescription of Rights in Scotland

Martin Schermaier
Contemporary Use of Roman Rules: Prescription and Limitation in the Usus Modernus Pandectarum

Mike Macnair
Length of Time and Related Equitable Bars 1660–1760

David Deroussin
Praescriptione Omnia Iura Tolluntur: Les Prescriptions dans l’Ancien Droit français

Joshua Getzler
Lord Tenterden’s 1832 Prescription Act: Why Was it Passed, and Was it a Failure?

David Deroussin
Le Droit Français des Prescriptions depuis 1804, ou l’impossible simplicité

Christian Hattenhauer
Prescription and Limitation in Germany and Austria from the late 18th Century to the 2002 Reform of the German Law of Limitation and Obligations

Pascal Pichonnaz
Limitation in Switzerland: a Comparative Account

Mike Macnair
English Limitation Reforms and Controversies 1934–2016

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