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The Cambridge Companion to Roman Law

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This book reflects the wide range of current scholarship on Roman law. The essays, newly commissioned for this volume, cover the sources of evidence for classical Roman law, the elements of private law, as well as criminal and public law, and the second life of Roman law in Byzantium, in civil and canon law, and in political discourse from AD 1100 to the present. Roman law nowadays is studied in many different ways, which is reflected in the diversity of approaches in the essays. Some focus on how the law evolved in ancient Rome, others on its place in the daily life of the Roman citizen, still others on how Roman legal concepts and doctrines have been deployed through the ages. All of them are responses to one and the same thing: the sheer intellectual vitality of Roman law, which has secured its place as a central element in the intellectual tradition and history of the West.

Author: Johnston David
Pages: 539
ISBN: 9780521719940
Cover: Paperback
Edition Number: 1
Release Year: 2015

Part I. Introduction:
1. Introduction David Johnston
2. Roman law and its intellectual context Laurens Winkel
Part II. Lawmaking:
3. Sources of law from the Republic to the Dominate David Ibbetson
4. Roman law in the provinces John Richardson
Part III. Roman Law: The Evidence:
5. Documents in Roman practice Joseph Georg Wolf
6. Writing in Roman legal contexts Elizabeth A. Meyer
7. Patristic sources Caroline Humfress
8. Justinian and the Corpus Iuris Civilis Wolfgang Kaiser
Part IV. Private Law in Roman Society:
9. Slavery, family, and status Andrew Lewis
10. Property Paul du Plessis
11. Succession David Johnston
12. Commerce Jean-Jacques Aubert
13. Delicts A. J. B. Sirks
14. Litigation Ernest Metzger
Part V. Criminal and Public Law:
15. Crime and punishment Andrew Lintott
16. Public law A. J. B. Sirks
Part VI. Byzantium and Beyond:
17. The law of New Rome: Byzantine law B. H. Stolte
18. The legacy of Roman law Laurent Mayali
19. Canon law and Roman law R. H. Helmholz
20. Political thought Magnus Ryan
21. Roman law in the modern world Reinhard Zimmermann.

David Johnston is a Queen's Counsel who practises in Scotland mainly in the field of public law. He was previously Regius Professor of Civil Law in the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Christ's College. He is an honorary professor at Edinburgh Law School and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. His other publications include works on both Roman and modern law, in particular The Roman Law of Trusts (1988) and Prescription and Limitation (2nd ed., 2012).

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