Praeter legem

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In Legal Latin, the phrase praeter legem ("outside of the law") "refers to an item that is not regulated by law and therefore is not illegal".[1] It is thus distinct from the phrase contra legem, which refers to something that is directly against the law and therefore illegal, or in conflict with a statutes or other written regulation without being illegal or invalid, and may also be compared to intra legem, "within the law" (legal).[2]

Items that are generally labeled praeter legem include certain customs.[1]


  1. ^ a b Bretzke, J.T. (1998). Consecrated Phrases: A Latin Theological Dictionary : Latin Expressions Commonly Found in Theological Writings. Liturgical Press. p. 109. ISBN 9780814658802. Retrieved 2015-03-27. 
  2. ^ Oscar Schachter (1991). International Law in Theory and Practice. M. Nijhoff Publishers. p. 57. ISBN 9780792310242. Retrieved 2015-03-27.