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date: 24 January 2020

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Naming is a social accomplishment through a certain body, since it is the process of conferring an individualizing (language) sign to a certain entity, which can consist of a person, a place, a street, an undertaking, a commercial product, etc. In this respect, law regulates social interaction and is appealed to in case of discontent. Law can therefore be a decisive institution for name conflicts; but the law can also be the source of conflicts within the naming process. Given that personal rights—under which name laws and naming regulations generally fall—are bound by national jurisdiction, the chapter delivers a constant but naturally not exhaustive comparison of legal regulations in individual countries. Nevertheless, it aims to define universal tendencies and especially to discuss the challenge of legal harmonization on an international level in this field.

Keywords: law, name, interdisciplinarity, conflict, administration, politics, culture, commercial aspects, social aspects

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