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Meaning of Roman Law
All the laws which prevailed among the Romans and in particular the law of Justinian. See civil law .
Roman Law Alternative Definition
In a general sense, this comprehends all the laws which prevailed among the Romans, without regard to the time of their origin, including the collections of Justinian (now generally denominated the “civil law”). 1 Mackeld. Civ. Law, 9, § 18. In a more restricted sense, the Germans understand by this term merely the law of Justinian, as adopted by them. Id. note. In England and the United States, however, there seems a propriety in limiting its application to all the laws of the times anteROMESCOT rior to Justinian, distinguishing the collections of that emperor by the term “civil law.” Butler, Hor. Jur. 30. It is clear that a large portion of the Roman law was excluded from the Corpus Juris Civilis.
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The following is a definition of Roman Law, produced by Tetley, in the context of admiralty law: The law of ancient Rome, which is the source of the civil law. The term “Roman law” is sometimes applied loosely to refer to civil law generally.
Concept of Roman Law
Traditional meaning of roman law : The law as established by Justinian, the civil law. The law of the Romans; see Poll. & Maitl. Hist.; Howe Civ. L.
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- Based on A Concise Law Dictionary of Words, Phrases and Maxims, “Roman Law”, Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1911, United States. This term and/or definition may be absolete. It is also called the Stimson’s Law dictionary, based on a glossary of terms, included Roman Law.
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Translation of Roman law
- Spanish: Derecho romano
- French: Droit romain
- German: Römisches Recht
- Italian: Diritto romano
- Portuguese: Direito romano
- Polish: Prawo rzymskie