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Law and Society

A Watson

in Beyond Dogmatics

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2007 | ISBN: 9780748627936
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651474 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627936.003.0013
Law and Society

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This chapter aims to come to grips with the issue of law and society. The fundamental argument is that those who write in the context of Roman law in action as distinct from law in books do not pay much attention, if any, to the nature of law in books. It begins with a discussion of the jurists and the laws in Rome. It then considers the law as it was in France just before the promulgation of the Code civil in 1804, in order to explain the law as it was then after centuries of development by local customs and the reception of Roman law, and to estimate the impact of the Justinianic formulations. This is followed by discussions of the importance of law and Roman contracts.

Keywords: jurists; Roman law; French law; Roman contracts

Chapter.  13048 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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