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No. I.3.1 - Limitation of transfer of rights

No one may transfer more rights than he actually has ("nemo plus iuris transferre potest quam ipse habet").

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It follows from this Principle that only the person who holds a legal title to a right (e.g. property, creditor of a contractual claim) may transfer that right or modify it.

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Domingo, Ortega, Rodriguez-Antolin, Zambrana, Principios de Derecho Global, Navarra, 2006Foriers, Paul Alain, Wirksamkeitsvorausetzungen für Forderungsabtretungen, insbesondere zu Sicherungszwecken in Belgien, in: Hadding/ Schneider (eds.), Die Forderungsabtretung, insbesondere zur Kreditsicherung, in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland und in ausländischen Rechtsordnungen, Berlin 1986, at 9 et seq.Kersley, R.H., M.A., LL.M./ Broom, Herbert, LL.D., A Selection of Legal Maxims, 10th ed. London, 1939Liebs, Detlef, Lateinische Rechtsregeln und Rechtssprichwörter, 4th ed., Munich 1986Noy, William, A Treatise of the Principal Grounds and Maxims with an Analysis of the Laws of England, 1821Ripert, Georges, Les Règles du Droit Civil Applicables aux Rapports Internationaux (Contribution à l'Etude des Principes Généraux du Droit Visés au Statut de la Cour Permanente de Justice Internationale), 44 Rec.Cours 1933-II, at 569 et seq. 


Digest L, 17, 54 (Ulpianus) 

National Legislation

Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch - German Civil CodeFrench Code CivilNieuw Burgerlijk Wetboek - New Netherlands Civil Code ( Dutch Civil Code ) 

Principles / Restatements

Principles of Law and Equity - Grounds and Rudiments of Law and Equity, Alphabetically Digested (London 1751) 

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Each Party represents and warrants that it owns or controls the necessary rights in order to make the grant of rights, licenses and permissions herein, and that the exercise of such rights shall not infringe or cause to infringe the rights of any third party.


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