Barbarian Law

Section 1, Spring 22

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 20/20
Credits: 3
Day Time Room Start Date End Date
  • TR
  • 1000-1120
  • WB104
01/25/2022 04/28/2022

Course Description

After the dissolution of the western Roman Empire, various Germanic tribes established independent kingdoms in western and central Europe. Following the Roman usage, these peoples called themselves “barbarians.” Their distinctive legal systems, a mixture of archaic customs and royal decrees, governed much of Europe from Late Antiquity into the Middle Ages; Oliver Wendell Holmes referred to barbarian law and Roman law as the “parents of our common law.” In this course, we will study the law codes of the Salian Franks (France), the Lombards (northern Italy), and the Anglo-Saxons (England). We will examine, inter alia, the rules for using fixed payments to buy off the blood feud, the rules for ownership and transfer of property, the rules concerning social status and familial obligations, and the peculiar procedures for deciding lawsuits (trial by ordeal, trial by compurgation, and trial by combat). All readings will be in translation.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Final Type (if any): None
Description: None

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will be required to submit a substantial research paper via EXPO by noon on the last day of the finals period.

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: Yes
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*If “Yes,” then students are required to submit a substantial research paper in this course, which means students do not need to submit any form to SRO for this paper to meet their upper-level writing requirement. If “No,” then students must submit a “special request” e-form to SRO (available via LawWeb) no later than five weeks after the start of the term for a paper in this class to be counted toward the upper-level writing requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

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Cross Listed: No
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Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Thursday, April 21, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Sunday, May 01, 11:59 PM