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Vol 23 No 2 Feb/March 2018

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The UK Supreme Court Yearbook Volume 8: 2016-2017 Legal Year

Edited by: Daniel Clarry
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European Legal History: A Cultural and Political Perspective

ISBN13: 9780521701778
Published: June 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £35.99

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The rediscovery of Roman law and the emergence of classical canon law around AD 1100 marked the beginnings of the civil law tradition in Europe. Between the twelfth and eighteenth centuries, a highly sophisticated legal science of a truly European dimension was developed.

Since then the different European States have developed their own national legal systems, but with the exception of England and Ireland they are all heirs to this tradition of the ius commune. This historical introduction to the civil law tradition, from its original Roman roots to the present day, considers the political and cultural context of Europe’s legal history.

Political, diplomatic and constitutional developments are discussed, and the impacts of major cultural movements, such as scholasticism, humanism, the Enlightenment and Romanticism, on law and jurisprudence are highlighted. This contextual approach makes for a fascinating story, accessible to any reader regardless of legal or historical background.

  • Makes clear the major points of legal system evolution in Europe to non-lawyers or undergraduate law students who have just begun their studies
  • Considers the general historical context of legal development in Europe
  • Complements more traditional black-letter histories

Legal History, Roman Law and Greek Law
1. Introduction
Part I. Ancient Roman Law:
2. Suum Cuique Tribuere (Ancient Rome, c.
1000 BC to 565 AD)
Part II. The Civil Law Tradition:
3. Correctio (The Early Middle Ages, c.
500 to 1000)
4. Auctoritas (The Late Middle Ages, c.
1000 to 1453)
5. Emulatio (The Early Modern Age, 1453 to 1648)
6. Ratio (The Modern Age, 1648 to 1914)
7. Voluntas (The Post–Modern Age, 1914 to 2004).