Spring 2018




Legal History Seminar: Continental Legal History

Professor Charles Donahue


Harvard Law School: 2166
Spring 2018
Meeting Time: T 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
2 classroom credits
Offered concurrently in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

In the first half of the twelfth century a small group of men in Bologna began to study Roman and canon law with an intensity not witnessed in the previous centuries. The combined product of these two studies, known as the ius commune (“the common law”), became an essential part of the training of any respectable European jurist, and the influence of the ius commune on subsequent developments, up to and including the codifications of the 19th century, is very large indeed. This seminar will introduce students to the techniques of reading and analyzing works in the ius commune of the medieval and early modern periods with the goal of enabling students to write a series of short papers on some part of the ius commune (which then may be combined for a third-year paper). Concurrent registration in Continental Legal History, or equivalent preparation, is required, as is the ability to read simple Latin prose.

Offered concurrently in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences as History 2080. Multilithed materials. Students not writing their third-year papers in conjunction with this seminar should sign up for an hour of independent written work with Professor Donahue.

Not expected to be offered in 2018–19.

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