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Parution : 05/2020
Editeur : Oxford University Press
ISBN : 978-0-1987-8721-1
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Roman Law and Economics

Volume II: Exchange, Ownership, and Disputes

Sous la direction de Giuseppe Dari-Mattiacci, Dennis P. Kehoe

Présentation de l'éditeur

Ancient Rome is the only society in the history of the western world whose legal profession evolved autonomously, distinct and separate from institutions of political and religious power. Roman legal thought has left behind an enduring legacy and exerted enormous influence on the shaping of modern legal frameworks and systems, but its own genesis and context pose their own explanatory problems. The economic analysis of Roman law has enormous untapped potential in this regard: by exploring the intersecting perspectives of legal history, economic history, and the economic analysis of law, the two volumes of Roman Law and Economics are able to offer a uniquely interdisciplinary examination of the origins of Roman legal institutions, their functions, and their evolution over a period of more than 1000 years, in response to changes in the underlying economic activities that those institutions regulated. 

Volume II covers the concepts of exchange, ownership, and disputes, analysing the detailed workings of credit, property, and slavery, among others, while Volume I explores Roman legal institutions and organizations in detail, from the constitution of the Republic to the management of business in the Empire. Throughout each volume, contributions from specialists in legal and economic history, law, and legal theory are underpinned by rigorous analysis drawing on modern empirical and theoretical techniques and methodologies borrowed from economics. In demonstrating how these can be fruitfully applied to the study of ancient societies, with due deference to the historical context, Roman Law and Economics opens up a host of new avenues of research for scholars and students in each of these fields and in the social sciences more broadly, offering new ways in which different modes of enquiry can connect with and inform each other.

Edited by Giuseppe Dari-Mattiacci, Alfred W. Bressler Professor of Law, Columbia Law School, USA, and Dennis P. Kehoe, Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities (Classical Studies), Tulane University, USA


Barbara Abatino
Jean Andreau
Benito Arruñada
Giuseppe Dari-Mattiacci
Robert C. Ellickson
Richard A. Epstein
Iole Fargnoli
David Friedman
Dennis P. Kehoe 
Egbert Koops
Gary D. Libecap 
Dean Lueck
Barbara Luppi
Thomas J. Miceli
Francesco Parisi
Geoffrey Parsons Miller
Daniel Pi
Aldo Schiavone
Hendrik L. E. Verhagen



12: Rome and the Economics of Ancient Law II, Geoffrey Parsons Miller

IV. Slavery and the Roman Economy

13: Law, Slaves, and Markets in the Roman Imperial System, Aldo Schiavone
14: The Practice of Manumission through Negotiated Conditions in Imperial Rome, Egbert Koops

V. Credit

15: Banking, Money-Lending, and Elite Financial Life in Rome, Jean Andreau
16: Secured Transactions in Classical Roman Law, Hendrik L. E. Verhagen

VI. Property

17: Ancient Rome: Legal Foundations of the Growth of an Indispensable City, Robert C. Ellickson
18: Land Demarcation in Ancient Rome, Gary D. Libecap and Dean Lueck
19: The Institutions of Roman Markets, Benito Arruñada

VII. Dispute Resolution and Remedies

20: One Step at a Time in Roman Law: How Roman Pleading Rules Shape the Substantive Structure of Private Law, Richard A. Epstein
21: Private Prosecution and Enforcement in Roman Law, David Friedman
22: Deterrence of Wrongdoing in Ancient Law, Francesco Parisi, Daniel Pi, Barbara Luppi, and Iole Fargnoli
23: Collective Responsibility, Thomas J. Miceli
24: The Dual Origin of the Duty to Disclose in Roman Law, Barbara Abatino and Giuseppe Dari-Mattiacci



Oxford Studies in Roman Society & Law , 464 pages.  £95.00

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