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Roman Law in United Kingdom

Meaning of Roman Law

The following is an old definition of Roman Law [1]: The common law of England has been largely influenced by the RonJan law, in several respects: 1. Through the ecclesiastical courts, their canon law being founded on the Roman law. 2. Through the court of chancery, all the early chancellors being ecclesiastics, familiar with the canon law, if not with the Roman system. 3. Through the development of commercial law. The Roman law had great influence upon the early common law, not so much by the copyring of text into it as by the spirit and methods of study it introduced, and the disposition it engendered to refer rules to principles. . Blackstone, Kent, and other great writers, owe much in their arrangement and outline to Roman works. See special terms, such as Chancellor; Equity; Falcidian; Fee, 3; Latin; Obligation; Jus; Pact;. Pater; Fatria; Responsa; Usufructus; Veto.


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  1. Concept of Roman Law provided by the Anderson Dictionary of Law (1889) (Dictionary of Law consisting of Judicial Definitions and Explanations of Words, Phrases and Maxims and an Exposition of the Principles of Law: Comprising a Dictionary and Compendium of American and English Jurisprudence; William C. Anderson; T. H. Flood and Company, Law Publishers, Chicago, United States)

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  • Article Name: Roman Law
  • Author: Valentine Latham
  • Description: Meaning of Roman Law The following is an old definition of Roman Law [1]: The common law of England has been largely [...]

This entry was last updated: April 23, 2017


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