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Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II: History of Roman Law

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Explore Roman Law, its History, its Juridical Science and Codes, and see how relevant it could be for international legal culture today!

8 weeks
4–6 hours per week
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Globalisation is paving the way for the increasingly international legal transactions and disputes. As a result, solicitors [and lawyers] are required to work across numerous jurisdictions. Knowledge not only of languages but also of some of the relevant legal concepts of these jurisdictions is beneficial. Due to the fact that the French, German, Italian and a vast number of other legal systems have kept alive many of the Roman legal rules and principles , studying Roman law gives students a solid grounding in the fundamental principles of these jurisdictions.…So don’t dismiss Roman law as an unimportant module..: the knowledge it offers can be valuable to your future studies and career ”. So speaks a Law Student at the University of Cambridge on The Guardian (“Studying Roman law: Juno it’s more useful than you’d think”, 11.4.2016): I often use his words to show my Students that there are several ways to appreciate Roman Law , and sometimes they can be unexpected. Come and see what they are!

Special Thanks to: Julie Ann Lyons , linguistic consultant and voice of the trailer ; Dr . Pietropaolo Vanin, proofreader; Pierluigi Romanello, Carla Cimmino and Maria Sarah Papillo; Aldo Livorno , images and external links consultant; Mario Paloschi , Claudio Montefusco for Ballandi Arts.

At a glance

  • Institution: FedericaX
  • Subject: Law
  • Level: Introductory
  • Prerequisites:
  • Language: English
  • Video Transcript: English
  • Associated skills: Paving, German Language, French Language, Legal Systems, External Links, Italian Language, Futures Studies

What you'll learn

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What you'll learn:

  • the main phases of the evolution of the great Roman juridical Science
  • the changing role of principal actors within its various transformations
  • a deep analysis of Roman Codes and how to interpret their importance in current frameworks and solid grounding in the fundamental principles of Roman Law, valuable for an enriched juridical Culture.

The course will be scheduled as follows:

The History of Roman Law , from Monarchy to Justinian, with particular regard to:

-the Institutions of the Republic and the Empire of Rome ( lessons 1-4 );

-the Foundation and Evolution of Juridical Science ( lessons 5-8 );

-the Age of Codes ( lessons 9-12 ).

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