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Customary Law in Hungary: Courts, Texts, and the Tripartitum

Martyn Rady


This is a comprehensive treatment of the history of customary law in Hungary, from the thirteenth to the twentieth centuries. Hungary’s customary law was described by Stephen Werbőczy in 1517 in the extensive law code known as the Tripartitum. As Werbőczy explained, Hungarian law derived from the interplay of Romano-canonical law, statute, written instruments and court judgments. It was also responsive, however, to popular conceptions of the law’s content and application. Publication of the Tripartitum was intended to make the law more certain. Nevertheless, its text was customized by actual u ... More

Keywords: Hungary, customary law, Roman Law, Middle Ages, modern history, courts, Werbőczy, legal education, Tripartitum

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198743910
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198743910.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martyn Rady, author
Professor of Central European History at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, and General Editor of the Slavonic and East European Review, University College London