A study about the use of the term “legal facts”
The article describes, referring to characteristic examples, the use of term “legal facts.” Referring to a study of the Brazilian scholar Thiago Reis, the article explains why, in the beginning of Savigny’s career the term “legal facts” had importance as a manner to summarize the hitherto separated forms of possession, and how the term continued to be central to Savigny’s thinking, now turning into a central point of reference for legal science which was thought as being independent from philosophy and religion. Reis’ study furthermore allows to describe how the term was used thereafter in Germany, namely mostly to defend the achievements of legal science against new approaches and losing sophistication. When, using presentations made at a seminar that was held in 2015 in Almaty, the article further describes the use of the term “legal facts,” it argues that the higher reliance on the term throughout the CIS as compared to Germany may be linked to the lesser degree of detail knowledge about the historical contexts in which the term has been used, but also the lower degree of certainty about the benefit of the rules in the context of which the term “legal facts” is used. In other words, the same ambiguity typical for the use of the term in Germany exists throughout the CIS, and the term seems to lead to the expectation that there is an objective rule for the issue to be dealt with, it being unclear where the basis for such rule is.
About the AuthorMax Gutbrod
Partner, Moscow Branch of Baker McKenzie
9 Lesnaya St., Moscow, 125047, Russia
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For citation: Gutbrod M. A study about the use of the term “legal facts”. Russian Law Journal. 2018;6(2):134-146. https://doi.org/10.17589/2309-8678-2018-6-2-134-146
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