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William Gordon

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748625161

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625161.001.0001

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Constitutum Possessorium☼

Constitutum Possessorium☼

(p.3) 1 Constitutum Possessorium
Roman Law, Scots Law and Legal History

William M Gordon

Edinburgh University Press

Argues that constitutum possessorium or possessory agreement, under which the current owner/possessor agrees to hold property under a new title such as usufruct, was recognised by classical jurists in appropriate cases as a means of transferring possession and ownership without actual delivery. Attacks on the texts which appear to recognise it, alleging interpolation, are unjustified. There are few texts because there were alternative means of transferring ownership and the Compilers by specifically recognising retention of a usufruct as a means of transfer made it unnecessary to labour the obvious.

Keywords:   Constitutum possessorium, Possessory agreement, Transfer of ownership, Interpolations

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