Definition of Roman law in English:

Roman law


  • [mass noun] The law code of the ancient Romans forming the basis of civil law in many countries today.

    • ‘He believes, however, that the secular law-state, based on Roman law and in its highest manifestations on the common law, has been indispensable to Western civilisation.’
    • ‘In Roman law of course, it is well known that juries were often in the hundreds, or at least 100 or more.’
    • ‘The right to destroy is a property right that dates back to Roman law, but it has recently come under attack.’
    • ‘He defines the absolutist Civil Law as it was used in England as having the ‘rational, philosophical character of Roman law, together with its systematic arrangement.’’
    • ‘His starting point was the formula of Roman law that held that the origin of public power lay in the people.’
    • ‘His text also deals with the central paradox of early modern Italian law on gender issues: the discrepancy between Roman law and municipal law in matters of property devolution.’
    • ‘Parishes were thrown into chaos as parishioners sided with or against their bishops who were compelled under the threat of removal to enforce Roman law.’
    • ‘In particular, the Roman law distinguished the civil law, which was the province of earthly rulers, from natural law, which owed its authority to human nature and which stood higher than any local system of command.’
    • ‘The impact of Roman law, however, which made the case for diplomatic immunity, outlived Rome itself.’
    • ‘In systems based on Roman law, a landowner always had dominium.’
    • ‘In other American slave societies, which based their slave law on Roman law, slaves were tried in the same courts as free people, although under discriminatory legal codes.’
    • ‘It was much influenced by notions of canon law and Roman law, which at this time was being ‘received’ in many European countries.’
    • ‘Added to this came the great developments in jurisprudence and the renaissance of classical Roman law which both justified and rationalized the procedural innovations.’
    • ‘The one factor that codes, capitularies, and formularies had in common was that they were part of a written law deeply influenced by Roman law and the Bible, and representative of a new political culture.’
    • ‘Derived from traditional Germanic law, feudal law was very different from Roman law.’
    • ‘Laws crafted to protect the public interest are rooted in Roman law.’


Roman law