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nulla pœna sine lege


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  • The principle that a person shall receive no punishment unless he has committed an offence as explicitly defined in a law.


From Latin: nūlla (feminine form of nūllus, “not any”) + poena ("penalty”, “punishment") + sine ("without") + lēge (ablative singular form of lēx, “a law”) = “no punishment without a law”. (Wiktionary)


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