PrF:MVV257K Common Law and Roman Law - Course Information

MVV257K Common Law and Roman Law Tradition

Faculty of Law
Spring 2018
Extent and Intensity
0/1/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
Prof. David Pugsley (lecturer), doc. JUDr. Ing. Michal Radvan, Ph.D. (deputy)
doc. JUDr. Ing. Michal Radvan, Ph.D.
Faculty of Law
Contact Person: Mgr. Věra Redrupová, B.A.
Supplier department: Faculty of Law
Timetable of Seminar Groups
MVV257K/01: Thu 19. 4. 16:40–18:10 316, Mon 23. 4. 15:05–16:35 025, 16:40–18:10 025, Tue 24. 4. 15:05–16:35 025, Wed 25. 4. 18:15–19:45 025, Thu 26. 4. 13:30–15:00 025
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 30 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 29/30, only registered: 0/30
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The lectures will be focused mainly on common law and Roman law. Next to the development of common law and Roman law, the lectures will focus on their comparison and influence.
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course:
- Students will gain a basic view about common law and Roman Law;
- Students will be able to describe basic similarities and differences between common law and Roman law;
- Students will be able to analyse legal institutes, their development and interconnections;
- Students will learn a lot of English legal terminology.
  • 1. Where is the common law in force? What do those legal systems have in common?
  • 2. The four meanings of ‘common law’: contrast Roman; custom; enacted law; Equity.
  • 3. Why are the English different from everyone else? Why no reception of Roman law?
  • 4. Customary law, centralisation, itinerant judges, circuits, sheriffs.
  • 5. Common law as case law. Why so little case law? Why no Civil Code? Precedent, professions, procedure.
  • 6. Common law and Equity. History. Modern relevance. Compare the Roman praetor and the jus honorarium, and jurisprudence pr’etorienne in France. Who was the praetor in Rome? Who is the modern praetor in England and France?
  • Pugsley, Lawyers and Precedents (Exeter, 2014).
Teaching methods
Assessment methods
written test
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught only once.

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