Illuminating measuring lives: snuffing out Twisden's candles

Pratt, Simon D (2021) Illuminating measuring lives: snuffing out Twisden's candles. Trust & Trustees . ISSN 1363-1780

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Abstract

Building upon an earlier article exploring ancient Greek, Roman, Neoplatonic and Avicennian influences upon English trusts, the discussion moves on to consider how—whether wittingly or unwittingly—the Bracton authors subsequently misapplied Roman jurisprudence in their treatise. From this, a hotchpotch of discordant ideas is argued to have laid the foundations for one of the most enthralling issues raised in modern times: Which living persons are relevant to the common law Rule Against Perpetuities and what purpose do they serve? Attorneys advising citizens in nine US states where the common law Rule still applies deserve an answer.

Keywords:Perpetuity law, Legal history, Roman law, Measuring lives in being, Avicenna, Aristotle
Subjects:M Law > M140 Comparative Law
M Law > M111 English Law
M Law > M240 Jurisprudence
Divisions:College of Social Science > Lincoln Law School
ID Code:46902
Deposited On:27 Oct 2021 09:35

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