International and Comparative Law
309: Introduction to Comparative Law: The Civil Tradition
This course will provide an introduction to the "civil law" legal systems (which include almost all of Western and Eastern Europe and Latin America, as well as, portions of Africa and Asia). The course will begin with the roots of the Civil Law in Rome around 450 BC and subsequent developments, including its preservation by Byzantine Jurists in the Corpus Juris Civilis, and its revival by scholars in medieval Italy. The various events and influences that led to the modern Civil Law will be considered. Differences between the modern Civil Law and Common Law approaches and attitudes toward law will be covered.
Students who have taken Comparative Law (LAW 172) may not enroll in this course.