Corpus Juris Civilis

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Corpus Juris Civilis

(kôr`pəs jo͝o`rĭs sĭvī`lĭs), most comprehensive code of Roman lawRoman law,
the legal system of Rome from the supposed founding of the city in 753 B.C. to the fall of the Byzantine Empire in A.D. 1453; it was later adopted as the basis of modern civil law.
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 and the basic document of all modern civil lawcivil law,
as used in this article, a modern legal system based upon Roman law, as distinguished from common law. Civil law is based on written legal codes, a hallmark of the Roman legal system, in which disputes were settled by reference to a written legal code arrived at
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. Compiled by order of Byzantine Emperor Justinian I, the first three parts appeared between 529 and 535 and were the work of a commission of 17 jurists presided over by the eminent jurist Tribonian. The Corpus Juris was an attempt to systematize Roman law, to reduce it to order after over 1,000 years of development. The resulting work was more comprehensive, systematic, and thorough than any previous work of that nature, including the Theodosian CodeTheodosian Code
, Latin Codex Theodosianus, Roman legal code, issued in 438 by Theodosius II, emperor of the East. It was at once adopted by Valentinian III, emperor of the West.
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. The four parts of the Corpus Juris are the Institutes, a general introduction to the work and a general survey of the whole field of Roman law; the Digest or Pandects, by far the most important part, intended for practitioners and judges and containing the law in concrete form plus selections from 39 noted classical jurists such as Gaius, Paulus, Ulpian, Modestinus, and Papinian; the Codex or Code, a collection of imperial legislation since the time of Hadrian; and the Novels or Novellae, compilations of later imperial legislation issued between 535 and 565 but never officially collected. Because it was published in numerous editions, copies of this written body of Roman law survived the collapse of the Roman empire and avoided the fate of earlier legal texts—notably those of the great Roman jurist Gaius. With the revival of interest in Roman law (especially at Bologna) in the 11th cent., the Corpus Juris was studied and commented on exhaustively by such scholars as IrneriusIrnerius
, c.1055–c.1130, Italian jurist and founder of the law school (c.1088) at Bologna, which became the center of legal scholarship in Europe. Though little is known of his early life, it is generally agreed that he became a professor of rhetoric and dialectic at an
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. Jurists and scholars trained in this Roman law played a leading role in the creation of national legal systems throughout Europe, and the Corpus Juris Civilis thus became the ultimate model and inspiration for the legal system of virtually every continental European nation. The name Corpus Juris Civilis was first applied to the collection by the 16th-century jurist Denys Godefroi.


See H. F. Jolowicz, Historical Introduction to the Study of Roman Law (2d ed. 1952) and Roman Foundations of Modern Law (1957); A. T. Von Mehren, The Civil Law System (1957).

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A questao e complexa e denota-se que a doutrina nao e pacifica quanto ao (des)conhecimento e uso ou influencia do Corpus iuris civilis antes da escola de Bolonha.
175) Si bien la elaboracion del Corpus Iuris Civilis es atribuible a Justiniano, las transcripciones legiblemente organizadas y breves resenas aclaratorias del significado de cada pasaje del texto justinianeo que hoy podemos leer son producto de los "Glosadores".
The reformative package of 1864 also included what was called the "legislative masterpiece of Alexandra Ioan Cuza" or the corpus iuris civilis, i.
Finalmente, el Corpus Iuris Civilis estaba integrado por un ultimo componente: las Novellae.
Por el metodo de sus escritos principales, la glosa a los textos del Corpus iuris civilis, la nueva escuela fue llamada precisamente de los "glosadores".
Con el tiempo se convirtio en uno de los pilares del ordenamiento juridico medieval, junto con el Corpus Iuris Civilis, que despues veremos.
116) Greater freedom was won when the humanist jurists of the sixteenth century lost their reverence for the text of the Corpus iuris civilis and their successors sought a deeper principle of legal organization in Justinian's Institutes.
It was he who commissioned a series of works which would eventually come to be known as the Corpus Iuris Civilis.
En tercer termino, la res de qua agitur (el asunto sobre el que se litiga) es el Corpus Iuris Civilis.
The Corpus Iuris Civilis in the Middle Ages; manuscripts and transmission from the sixth century to the juristic revival.
For example, the Statutes of Batavia cite the Corpus Iuris Civilis often: Digest 15.
After celebration of a special mass, the examiners showed the candidate three separate passages from the main texts of his discipline (for the law faculty, either the Corpus iuris civilis or the Corpus iuris canonici), and he prepared a formal address on the one of his choice.