The main objective of the course is to grasp some of the most relevant issues in the history of law in the very long term. Knowledge of historical sources and socioeconomic contexts is necessary to delineate these lines of interpretation. During the course therefore, legislations, legal literature and some major figures of jurists who authored doctrinal works will be presented in their political contexts. Based on these historical sources, the main aspects of legal institutions and theories of law will be presented.
The chronological span considered is very broad: from Late Antiquity through the Middle Ages to the Modern and Contemporary Ages.
The course is taught in presence
, basing on a series of podcasted lectures and slides, freely available on the web. Student must actively participate, preparing for raising questions and discuss them in class with the teacher.
The slides of the course are available in two parts here
The series of podcast is available on the major platform, such as
The students are asked to refer to
Tamar Herzog, A Short History of European Law. The Last Two and Half Millennia, Harvard University Press, 2018
James Q. Whitman, The World Historical Significance of European Legal History: An Interim Report, in The Oxford Handbook of European Legal History, edited by Heikki Pihlajamäki, Markus D. Dubber, and Mark Godfrey Oxford University Press 2018
Other readings will be suggested during the course, and will form part of the compulsory materials for the exam.