Easily access four centuries of historical legal codes from southern Europe, Latin America, Canada, Australia, India, and elsewhere.
The Making of Modern Law: Foreign Primary Sources, Part II is a digital collection of historical legal codes and similar statutory materials, as well as commentaries on codes from around the world, focusing on Italy, Spain, Portugal, Latin America (including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, and other countries), Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Egypt, and India. Because the field of legal history is conceptualized transnationally, current research on diverse jurisdictions in both civil- and common-law traditions underscores the need for codes and statutes from a broad spectrum of countries. This archive supports the study of comparative law and the interdisciplinary fields of study that touch on the social sciences. Analogous materials from canon law and Roman law are also included.
Some notable highlights in the collection include: extensive coverage of codes and commentaries from Latin America, including many rare items from the unsurpassed collection of the Harvard Law School Library; extensive coverage of national and provincial codes of Canada, which supports cross-searching not possible on provincial sites; extensive coverage of codes and commentaries from Italy, drawing on Yale's collection of Italian statutes, one of the foremost in the world; rich coverage of canon law materials, including the extremely rare collection of papal bulls from George Washington Law Library and items in the renowned Library of the Stephan Kuttner Institute of Medieval Canon Law, located at Yale Law Library.
Document types include: Administration of Justice; Canon Law Codes and Commentaries; Civil Law; Civil Procedure; Commercial Law; Criminal Law; Criminal Procedure; Customary Law; Forestry and Agricultural Law; Maritime Law; Military Law; Roman Law Codes and Commentaries; Journals; Regulations; and Session Laws.
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