Aim of this course is to reconstruct in detail the phenomenon of codification and its evolution between the 18th and the 20th century. We’ll as well describe the consequences of this phenomenon on legal education and on the way of thinking of jurists.
The mail goal will be to historicize the idea of Code, highlighting its ideological and political preconditions and comparing it both with the pre-existing ius commune system and with legal systems that knew a different evolution, without experiencing the codification of law.
Appropriate focus will be given on the specific codifications produced in different parts of Europe, as well as in preunitarian Italian States, in order to contextualize the codification process in the legal history of various national and regional States.
Students will be invited to become familiar with Codes as a legal instrument and to recognize them as a common language, shared among the different legal systems of continental Europe.
We’ll later open a discussion in order to produce a wider reflection on the present and the future of the idea of codification at a global level