Comparative European Legal History: Roman Law and the Ius commune
This course surveys european legal history from Roman law to the Renaissance of Roman as part of the Ius commune in the 11th and 12th centuries. the purpose of the course is to introduce two of the great legal traditions of the Western european tradition: Roman law and the the course will begin with an examination of Justinian’s Corpus iuris civilis in the sixth century AD. It will explore the main areas of Roman family law, torts, contracts, property law. After establishing the broad outline of Roman legal concepts, the course will explore the revival of Roman law in Italy at the end of the 11th century and its adoption by the law schools of europe, and its integration into the this part of the course will describe how the jurists of the 12th to the eighteenth centuries used principles, norms, categories, and concepts of Roman law and applied them to every european legal system. A fuller description of this course, as well as the syllabus and reading materials can be found online at: http://faculty.cua.edu/pennington/Law508/Law508.html. Dr. Pennington.