The Law of Slavery and the European <i>Ius Commune</i>

R.H. Helmholz

in The Legal Understanding of Slavery

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199660469
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745508 | DOI:
The Law of Slavery and the European Ius Commune

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This chapter explores the ways slavery was defined in the medieval and early modern ius commune. It studies some of the consequences of that definition of slavery for men and women in Europe. It first defines ius commune as a combination of canon and Roman laws that led European legal education and shaped the practice in European courts between the 12th and 19th centuries. One section focuses on the texts of Roman law, while another addresses the problem of defining slavery. This is followed by a discussion of the legal changes that occurred from the eras of Roman law until medieval law.

Keywords: ius commune; medieval period; European legal education; texts; Roman law; legal changes; medieval law

Chapter.  12466 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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