Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1
Mutually Exclusive

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 16 hours. Two one hour lectures per week
Seminars / Tutorials 3 hours. Three one hour seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam 1.5 Hours   100%
Supplementary Exam 1.5 Hours   100%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to.
1. Understand key principles of Roman Law

2. Appreciate and critically evaluate the contribution of Roman Law to modern legal systems

3. Compare and contrast Civil Law doctrines and techniques with their experience of Common Law

4. Analyse and apply Roman Law doctrines to specific problems

Brief description

The module explores the history, sources and techniques of Roman Law. It then explores such knowledge with respect, in particular, to the Law of Obligations. The influence of Civilian learning in respect of named jurisdictions (principally France, Germany, Scotland, England and Wales) is explored and the nature, philosophy and technique of codification is examined and related to the sources.


History and Sources of Roman Law-lex, Praetorian and juristic development. The work of Justinian.
The Law of Obligations generally
The Law of Contract
The Law of Delict
The Law of Quasi-Contract
Influence of Roman Law (generally and specifically in relation to the above topics) on the development of national legal systems: France, Germany, Scotland, England and Wales.
Codification-aims, history and philosophy-illustrated primarily through the Civil Codes of France and Germany.


This module is at CQFW Level 6