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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Standing (Locus Standi)

Stephan Koloßa

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved.date: 30 June 2022

Due process — Standing (locus standi) — Bills of rights — Fair hearing and fair trial

General Editors: Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rüdiger Wolfrum.
Managing Editor: Ana Harvey

1 The notion of standing is etymologically rooted in the Latin terminology of ‘locus standi’. ‘Locus’ denotes a location, while ‘standi’ is the gerund form of the verb ‘stare’, meaning to stand. Locus standi is accordingly the location, where the plaintiff may stand to present a case and receive a decision on the merits. From the actual local position within a court setting, standing has developed into an essential concept encompassing the condition that a plaintiff shall fulfil to be formally admitted to the relevant courts in order to obtain a decision on the...
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