1 Hugh Thirlway (1937–2019) submitted this entry just a few weeks before his passing. Due to the high quality of the entry, only minor edits have been made by the General Editor to prepare the manuscript for publication. Special thanks are due to the author’s partner, Elisabeth Jordan, who authorized the publication of the text, ensuring this important entry would be included in MPEiPro. 2 The term obiter dictum was employed initially in municipal (principally Anglo-American) law, and is familiar to practitioners in that context, but has subsequently become a...
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