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Fiduciary ownership and trusts in a comparative perspective

Clarry, Daniel (2014) Fiduciary ownership and trusts in a comparative perspective. International and Comparative Law Quarterly, 63 (04). pp. 901-933. ISSN 0020-5893

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S0020589314000463


Ownership is an essential feature of trusts that serves as a useful analytical and comparative tool in order to cross legal traditions and compare different legal institutions, which to a greater or lesser extent serve similar socio-economic and legal functions. The concentration on ownership enables one to burrow down into the normative roots of different legal traditions. This article comprises three substantive parts: first, characterizing ownership and the manner in which this concept distinguishes the civil and common law traditions; second, contextualizing ownership in relation to trusts from different legal systems; and, third, conceptualizing some contemporary challenges arising out of the divergent nature of ownership in the phenomenology of the trust paradigm, the value of the trust to comparative law and its effect on the civil law as a distinct tradition. It is argued that trusts necessarily involve the fiduciary administration of property and that ‘fiduciary ownership’ is a better shorthand description of the encumbered nature of trust property, rather than ‘dual’ or ‘split’ ownership, which is misleading and mistaken.

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Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2017 14:19
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 02:13

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