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Roman Law, Contemporary Law, European Law: The Civilian Tradition Today

Reinhard Zimmermann


Legal history helps us to understand modern or contemporary law. It explains why the law has become what it is. It lays open the premises on which the modern law is based. It constitutes a rich source of experience which is as valuable for the development of modern legal doctrines as for law reform. It may also reveal where a wrong turn has been taken and thus prevent us from repeating an error. Today, however, historical legal scholarship has acquired an added significance in view of the Europeanisation of private law and private law scholarship. It enables us to see the common ground between ... More

Keywords: legal history, law reform, Europeanisation, comparative law, private law, Roman law, contemporary law, civil law, civil code

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780198299134
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198299134.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Reinhard Zimmermann, author
University of Regensburg