This article applies the analytical paradigm of classical reception theory, widely used within Humanities disciplines but relatively uncommon in the legal academy, to an old problem of legal history. Has Roman law, especially as exemplified by Justinian’s Corpus Juris Civilis, had a direct substantive impact on American jurisprudence? This Article arrives at an affirmative answer by applying classical reception study to an original body of data culled from over two centuries of published U.S. Supreme Court decisions. After briefly discussing the history and contents of the Corpus, this Article explores the direct influence of a particular point of Justinian law on American jurisprudence -- the law of alluvium -- to prove how Roman law has substantively impacted our law.
Justinian in the US Capitol (AOC)
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Wiley on Justinian in the Supreme Court
Neal Wiley has posted Through a Glass, Darkly: Reading Justinian through his Supreme Court Citations, which appeared in the Elon Law Review 8 (2016): 479-502: