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The Consequences of Possession$
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Eric Descheemaeker

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780748693641

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748693641.001.0001

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The Consequences of Possession

The Consequences of Possession

Eric Descheemaeker*

(p.1) 1 The Consequences of Possession
The Consequences of Possession

Descheemaeker Eric

Edinburgh University Press

This introductory chapter examines four questions: 1) Why protect possession?; 2) How is possession protected?; 3) How does the fact of possession relate to any rights to or of possession?; 4) What is so-called “quasi-possession”? One theme that is highlighted throughout the chapter is that the distance between the two great western legal traditions in this field might not be as great as is commonly believed, English law and modern civilian systems having both emerged at the crossroads of Roman law, canon law and feudalism. In this, the two of them belong to a pan-European current of concepts and doctrines which has shaped the modern law in all the jurisdictions examined, if in markedly different ways.

Keywords:   Interdicts, rei vindication, civil possession, possessio civilis, natural possession, possessio naturalis, animus domini, animus rem sibi habendi, animus tenendi, animus possidendi

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