‘Sherman on Cy-Près’

‘Caroline R Sherman, Catholic University of America, has published The Uses of the Dead: The Early Modern Development of Cy-Pres Doctrine with the Catholic University of America Press. From the publisher: “Cy-près doctrine, which allows the purpose of a failing or impractical charitable gift to be changed, has been understood since the eighteenth century as a medieval canon law principle, derived from Roman law, to rescue souls by making good their last charitable intentions. The Uses of the Dead offers an alternate origin story for this judicial power, grounded in modern, secular concerns …”‘ (more)

[Mitra Sharafi, Legal History Blog, 5 December]

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