UCL Faculty of Laws


Did Roman private law do without statutes? A modern myth and it’s ancient source

26 February 2016, 5:00 pm–7:00 pm


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Tony Thomas Roman Law Series


UCL Council Room, South Wing, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

Speaker: Professor Dario Mantovani (University of Pavia)
Series: Tony Thomas Roman Law Series

Professor Dario Mantovani (University of Pavia) is one of the world’s leading Roman law scholars. In addition to his many important publications in the field, he is the Director of CEDANT (Centro studi e ricerche sui diritti antichi at the University of Pavia), and the Principal Investigator of Project REDHIS, which is investigating the structures and patterns of thought in juristic writings from late antiquity. 

In this paper he will assess, and challenge, the idea that classical Roman private law (in contrast with Roman public law) made very little use of statutes. It might appear, from looking at the Digest, that statutes had a minor role to play in private law, but, he will argue, this was an appearance carefully created by Justinian’s compilers.