The origin of the term is the Latin word “delego”, which literally means to assign, to transfer, to attribute.
This term is used in the phrase “delegatus non potest delegare”, stating that no delegated rights could be further delegated.” This legal principle finds application:
- in the area of Law of Contracts, where except precisely detailed, the authorized cannot re-authorize another person without the consent of the authorizer.
- in terms of the Administrative jurisdiction, a delegated power cannot be re-delegated.
This legal principle is sometimes detailed as “delegata potestas non potest delegari”, which actually means the same.