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The Law of ObligationsRoman Foundations of the Civilian Tradition$
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Reinhard Zimmermann

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198764267

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198764267.001.0001

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Actio iniuriarum

Actio iniuriarum

(p.1050) Chapter 31 Actio iniuriarum
The Law of Obligations

Reinhard Zimmermann

Oxford University Press

This chapter deals with the actio iniuriarum or the infringements of personality rights. The first section sketches the early history of iniuria. As one of the requirements for the Aquilian liability, it was taken to embrace the notions of wrongfulness and fault. The second section discusses the classical foundations of the action iniurirum. The third section examines the usus modernus of the actio iniriarum. The fourth section looks at defamation in English law. The fifth section examines the South African usus modernus of the action iniuriarum. The last section describes the fate of the actio iniuriarum in Germany.

Keywords:   personality rights, actio iniuriarum, defamation, South Africa, Germany, iniuria, XII Tables

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