What I cannot do through myself, I cannot do through another.
The legal maxim ‘Quod per me non possum, nec per alium’ litrally means that what I cannot do through myself, I cannot do through another person. If I don’t possess the right to do something, I cannot ask anyone else for me.
No student has the right to enter Room 201 of the Academic Block of the University. ‘A’ wants to know what is inside the Room 201 and thus he asks his friend ‘B’ to enter the said room and then report to him. However, according to the principle laid by the maxim ‘Quod per me non possum, nec per alium’ he cannot order ‘B’ to do this as ‘A’ himself does not possess the right to do so.
Indian Law Position
It is a very wildly recognized legal maxim and every legal system.
Edited by Vigneshwar Ramasubramania
Approved & Published – Sakshi Raje