The Law's Beginnings


Law, as we know it, with its rules and rituals, its procedures and professionals, has not been around forever. It came into being, it emerged, at different places and different times. Sources which allow us to observe the processes of law s beginnings have survived in some cases. In this book, scholars from various disciplines linguists, lawyers, historians, anthropologists present their findings concerning the earliest legal systems of a great variety of peoples and civilizations, from Mesopotamia and Ancient India to Greece and Rome, from the early Germanic, Celtic and Slavic nations, but also from other parts of the world. The general picture is complemented by an investigation into the Indo-European roots of a number of ancient legal systems, contributions from the point of view of legal philosophy and theory, and an overview of the insights gained.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Paul B. Cliteur
  • Dirk H.A. Kolff
  • Edward Ch. L. Van Der Vliet
  • A.J.B. Sirks
  • Doris Edel
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Boston
Publication year:
  • 2003


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