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The Creation of the Ius CommuneFrom Casus to Regula$
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John W. Cairns and Paul J. du Plessis

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780748638970

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638970.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
(p.iii) The Creation of the Ius Commune

John W Cairns

Paul J du Plessis

Edinburgh University Press

This introductory chapter begins with a review of studies on the history of European law and the well-known narrative about the development of a pan-European ius commune or universal common law, ca 1100–1400. It then sets out the main purposes of the book, which are to flesh out the grand narrative with detailed studies covering the learned laws — civil, canon and feudal; and to provide greater access to the sources and conventions of this field of study. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords:   ius commune, narrative, universal common law, legal history, European law

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