Checking date: 23/04/2024

Course: 2024/2025

Basic institutions of roman law
Dual Bachelor in Law and Business Administration (Plan: 410 - Estudio: 229)


Department assigned to the subject: Private Law Department

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


- High Command of legal terminology - Understanding of the historical genesis of concepts such as real rights, property, possession, easement, usufruct, etc - Ability in Legal reasoning skill - Ability in studying comparative Law - Law Comprehension as a historic result - Legal system global view adquisition - Capacity for debating and critical assesment - Ability to apply the theoretical knowledge in solving practical problems
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
The purpose of this subjet is that the students achieve a satisfactory degree of knowledge of the Real rights basics in the Roman Law. INTRODUCTION.- 1. The subject of Basic Institutions of Roman Law. 2. The Law of Rome and its reception in Europe. 3. The history of Roman Law: what we study and why; 3.1. Periodification; 4. Methodology. 4.1. The peculiarities of Roman Law. UNIT 1. THE SOURCES OF PRECLASSICAL AND CLASSICAL ROMAN LAW.- 1. The sources of knowledge and normative production. The sources of law and the Roman constitutional organization; 2.- The 'lex comicialis'; 3.- The Edict of the Praetor; 4.- Jurisprudence; 5.- The Imperial Constitutions. 6.- 'Ius civile', 'ius honorarium' and 'ius gentium'. UNIT 2.- BASIC NOTIONS ABOUT THE CIVIL ROMAN PROCESS.-Subjects and procedural action; Characteristics of the form process; the 'formula' UNIT 3.- PROPERTY RIGHTS. 1. Real Rights: general characteristics. 2. Kinds of things; 3. The right of Civil Property: 'Dominium ex iure Quiritium'. 4. Procedural protection of civil property law. 5. Ways of acquiring Civil Property. 5.1. original ways. 5.1.1. Occupation. 5.1.2. Accession. 5.1.3. Confusion. 5.2. derivative modes. 5.2.1. 'Mancipatio'. 5.2.2. In iure cessio'. 5.2.3. 'Traditio' 5.2.4. 'Usucapio'. 6. Other types of property. 6.1. Failures in the transmission of civil property and praetorian protection: 'In bonis habere' or praetorian property. 6.2. Provincial property. 6.3. The property of the foreigns. UNIT 4. POSSESSION. 1. Concept. 1.1. Possession and Property. 2. Types of possession. 3. Legal protection of possession: possessory injunctions. Types of possessory injunctions. 3.1. Injunctions to retain possession. 3.2. Injunctions to regain possession UNIT 5.- PROPERTY EASEMENTS AND USUFRUCT. 1. The real rights on foreign property: Concept and types. 2. Real rights of use and enjoyment. 2.1. Rural and urban property easements. 2.2. Personal easements. 2.2.1. The usufruct. 2.2.2. The use. 23. Procedural protection of property and personal easements. UNIT 6- REAL RIGHTS WITH THE FUNCTION OF GUARANTEE. 1. The Trust. 2. The garment. 3. The mortgage.
Learning activities and methodology
Learning activities Theorical sessions and seminars Methodology Presentation and explanation of the basic legal concepts Analysis of texts and case studies
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 50
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 50

Calendar of Continuous assessment

Extraordinary call: regulations
Basic Bibliography
  • Aubert, J.J. y Sirks, J.. Speculum Iuris¿: Roman Law as a Reflection of Social and Economic Life in Antiquity. Oxford, Oxford University Press. 2005
  • Betancourt, F.. Derecho Romano Clásico (4ª ed). Universidad de Sevilla. 2010
  • Buckland, W.W.. A Manual of Roman Private Law. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press. 2011
  • Chamier, D.. A Manual of Roman Law. Clark, N.J., Lawbook Exchange. 2007
  • Domingo, R.. Roman Law. An Introduction. Routledge. 2018
  • Johnston, D.. Roman Law in Context. 2ed.. Cambridge, Cambridge U. Press. 2022
  • Lewis, A.D.E. and Ibbetson. D.J.. The Roman Law Tradition. Cambridge, Cambridge U. Press. 1994
  • Metzger, E.. Litigation in Roman Law. Oxford, Oxford U. Press. 2005
  • Mousourakis, G.. Fundamentals of Roman Private Law. Heidelberg, Springer Berlin. 2012
  • Mousourakis, G.. Fundamentals of Roman Private Law. Springer Nature. 2012
  • Robinson, O.F. . The Sources of Roman Law: Problems and Methods for Ancient Historians. Routledge. 1997
  • Schulz, F.. Classical Roman Law. Oxford, s.n.. 1951
  • Stein, P.. Roman Law in European History. Cambridge, Cambridge U. Press. 1999
  • Tellegen-Couperus. O.E.. A Short History of Roman Law. London New York¿, Routledge. 1993
  • Williamson, C.. The Laws of the Roman People¿: Public Law in the Expansion and Decline of the Roman Republic. Ann Arbor¿, Michigan State University Press. 2005
  • Zimmermann, R.. Roman Law, Contemporary Law, European Law¿: The Civilian Tradition Today. Oxford, Oxford U. Press. 2001
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Additional Bibliography
  • Mantovani, D.. Le formule del processo privato romano. Per la didattica delle Istituzioni di diritto romano (2ªed.). Cedam. 1999
  • Watson, A.. The digest of Justinian. Philadelphia Pennsylvania : University of Pennsylvania Press. 1998
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