2017-2018 / DROI1102-2

Roman Law


60h Th

Number of credits

 Bachelor in law5 crédits 
 Master in law (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Extra courses intended for exchange students (Erasmus, ...)6 crédits 


Jean-François Gerkens

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The Romans invented the Law. They were the first to separate law and religion. Therefore they were also the first to criticise the rule of law, in order to improve it.
So one could say that Roman law has the same importance for the jurist, as the Pythagoras Theorem for the mathematician or Aristotle for the philosopher... It is impossible to seriously pretend to do without them.
Study Roman law helps to understand much better the rules we deal with today. Many rules can only be understood with help of the Roman law.
It is impossible to speak of the whole Roman law the Romans developed over more than a millenary in only 60 hours. Therefore, most of the lectures will be about private law. It is indeed in private law that the Roman Roots of our law appear to be the most evident.
The evolution of Roman law will not be neglected. The students will have to make sure that they are aware of the historical perspective.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Help the future jurists to understand their law system and particularly the mechanisms of private law. By learning the origins of today's rules of law, one can understand them much better. It is useful that the rules of law can be understood also when it has not the form of a law written in a modern code.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning)

There will be lectures 3 times a week during the first semester.
Tutorials and questions and answers sessions will also be organised.

Recommended or required readings

A textbook containing also definitions and a detailed plan is provided, and powerpoint slides will be available on MyULg.

Assessment methods and criteria

The final exam is written and the students must show that they understand the reasoning of the roman jurists. They will also be able to apply this reasoning to new pratcial cases.
For the second session of exams, the examination will be oral or written, depending on the availabilities left by the scheduling of the exams.

Work placement(s)

Organizational remarks


Professor: JF.Gerkens@ulg.ac.be
URL: http://www.ulg.ac.be/vinitor/

Items online

Only in french so far
Only in french so far.

Detailed plan of the course of Roman law
Dear Students, please find the detailed plan here.

Handbook of Roman Law
This handbook is exclusively in french. It contains some definitions of roman legal terms, some roman law texts with their french translation, some texts of legal history and some biographies of roman jurists.

Textbook of Roman Law
Find the textbook here