European Legal History: A Cultural and Political Perspective: The Civil Law Tradition in Context

European Legal History: A Cultural and Political Perspective: The Civil Law Tradition in Context

by JanArriens (Translator), RandallLesaffer (Author)

Synopsis

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.

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Format: Paperback
Pages: 560
Edition: 1
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Published: 25 Jun 2009

ISBN 10: 0521701775
ISBN 13: 9780521701778
Book Overview: This historical introduction to the civil law tradition considers the political and cultural context of Europe's legal history.

Media Reviews
'... Lesaffer has identified a key feature of the legal culture of each period and has structured his discussion around it ... this new approach works well and Lesaffer has produced an interesting new perspective on the established grand narrative of European legal history.' The Edinburgh Law Review
Author Bio
Randall Lesaffer studied law as well as history at the Universities of Ghent and Leuven. He obtained his LLD at the Catholic University of Leuven in 1998. He is currently Professor of Legal History at Tilburg University and part-time Professor of International and European Legal History at the University of Leuven. From 2008 to 2012 he was Dean of Tilburg Law School.