De Jure/ Ipso Jure Meaning, Origin, Explanation and Application

De Jure/ Ipso Jure

This article on ‘De Jure/ Ipso Jure’ is written by Sahajpreet Bhusari and explains the concept of De Jure/Ipso Jure.

I. Meaning and Origin

De jure is a legal term of Latin origin. It literally means ‘as a matter of law or complying with all the requirements under the law’[1].

II. Explanation

De Jure is a phrase that describes customs and practices that are recognized by law regardless of the practice existing in reality.

III. Application

A de jure corporation is one that has fulfilled all the procedures and formalities laid down by law in order to emerge as a legal corporation. On the other hand, a de facto corporation is one that acts in good faith but fails to conform to the requirements of law.

Similarly, a de jure government is a legally elected government. However, a de facto government is the one that actually executes the functions on the ground and is in actual possession of the state.[2]

Illustration 1: Permanent license is a de jure recognition (It means that a permanent license is legally valid)

Illustration 2: John is the de jure President of the Royal Committee while George is the de facto president (It implies that John is the president as per law and on paper whereas the functioning and management that the job requires are looked after by George.)


[1] Merriam Webster, De Jure, Available Here, Accessed on 16th August 2021.

[2] Jagran Josh, Difference between de facto and de jure, Available Here, Accessed on 16th August 2021.

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