Latin Legal Terms


Cogo – this Latin verb has two different meanings:
1) it means to bring together, collect, gather, drive, draw.
2) It means to confine, to compel or restrict. Within this particular meaning, the word relates to the maxim “necessitas quod cogit, defendit”, which means that these acts, done on the base of governmental duties, are defended by the necessity. Synonyms are “cohibeo” and “prohibeo”.
In the legal practice, this term relates to the legal term “jus cogens”. It details the International laws that do not deviate by country and effect immediately (for example, the law for countries to live in peace and not to attack each other). A similar legal term is “jus gentium”, which means “law of nations”.

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