A Casebook on the Roman Law of Contracts

ISBN : 9780197573228

Bruce W. Frier
544 ページ
156 x 235 mm

Roman contract law has profoundly influenced subsequent legal systems throughout the world, but is inarguably an important subject in its own right. This casebook introduces students to the rich body of Roman law concerning contracts between private individuals. In order to bring out the intricacy of Roman contract law, the casebook employs the case-law method-actual Roman texts, drawn from Justinian's Digest and other sources, are presented both in Latin and English, along with introductions and discussions that fill out the background of the cases and explore related legal issues. This method reflects the casuistic practices of the jurists themselves: concentrating on the fact-rich environment in which contracts are made and enforced, while never losing sight of the broader principles upon which the jurists constructed the law. The casebook concentrates especially on stipulation and sale, which are particularly well represented in surviving sources. Beyond these and other standard contracts, the book also has chapters on the capacity to contract, the creation of third-party rights and duties, and the main forms of unjustified enrichment. What students can hope to learn from this casebook is not only the general outlines and details of Roman contract law, but also how the jurists developed such law out of rudimentary civil procedures.


Preface for Students
Introduction to Roman Contract Law
Chapter I. Capacity to Contract
Chapter II. Stipulation: A Formal Contract
Chapter III. Contracts Created Through Delivery (Real Contracts)
Chapter IV. Sale: A Contract Created Through Informal Agreement
Chapter V. Other Consensual Contracts: Problems in Execution
Chapter VI. Filling in the Gaps: Contracts Created Through One Party's Performance
Chapter VII. Third Party Rights and Responsibilities
Chapter VIII. Quasi-Contract
Short Biographies of the Jurists
Suggested Further Reading
Index of Sources


Bruce W. Frier is John and Teresa D'Arms Distinguished University Professor of Classics and Roman Law at the University of Michigan. His publications include A Casebook on the Roman Law of Delict, A Casebook on Roman Family Law (with Thomas A. J. McGinn), and The Modern Law of Contracts (with J. J. White). He is also the general editor of the annotated translation of The Codex of Justinian.