European Forum for Young Legal Historians

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'Tenants and Acts of God in Roman-Dutch Law': The right of a tenant of agricultural land to a proportional reduction in the rent instalment owing to the occurrence of Acts of God (remissio mercedis) is a controversial issue in Romanist scholarship of the twentieth century. While the origin and nature of this legal remedy in classical Roman law has been research in great detail, comparatively little work has been done on the reception of the remedy in the history of the European ius commune. This contribution traces the reception and practical application of rent abatement due to Acts of God in Roman-Dutch case-law and legislation of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
PeriodMay 2003
Event typeConference
LocationBudapest, HungaryShow on map


  • Roman-Dutch law
  • deductio ex mercede
  • remissio mercedis