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Zeitschrift der Savigny-Stiftung für Rechtsgeschichte: Romanistische Abteilung

Ed. by Kaiser, Wolfgang / Schermaier, Martin / Thür, Gerhard

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Volume 133, Issue 1


Das arbitrium boni viri bei Cervidius Scaevola

Christian Baldus
Published Online: 2016-09-30 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.26498/zrgra-2016-0107


The arbitrium boni viri in Cervidius Scaevola: The complex relationship between arbiter and arbitrium (boni viri) intrigued Gerardo Broggini in his 1957 monograph „Iudex arbiterve“. He tried, taking into consideration both phenomena, to describe a process of objectivisation based on the intentions of the parties. An analysis of some succession law cases, however, gives no reliable foundations for such a dependency at least of the category arbitrium boni viri on party autonomy. A conscious use of the category by the jurists (here Cervidius Scaevola) seems more likely: in order to balance the roles in legal conflicts and to maintain the jurist’s position. However, an (albeit puzzling) source on arbitratus might give another hint: Possibly Scaevola treated certain cases of arbitration according to the same principles he also applied in arbitrium boni viri cases.

Keywords: arbitrium boni viri; party autonomy; party interest; role of the jurists; law of succession

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Published Online: 2016-09-30

Published in Print: 2016-09-01

Citation Information: Zeitschrift der Savigny-Stiftung für Rechtsgeschichte: Romanistische Abteilung, Volume 133, Issue 1, Pages 239–264, ISSN (Online) 2304-4934, ISSN (Print) 0323-4096, DOI: https://doi.org/10.26498/zrgra-2016-0107.

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