Conferences & Lectures


July 2006

Corpus Scriptorum Iuris Romani

In July, a group of international specialists in Roman law and Greek and Latin philology met at the Robbins Collection to begin a new critical edition of Roman legal texts based on the fundamental work of renowned Roman law scholar Otto Lenel. Lenelís Palingenesia laid the groundwork for generations of modern scholars, serving as a fundamental text not only for Roman law studies but also for the history of legal thought in civil law countries.

The newly initiated Corpus Scriptorum Iuris Romani project is organized by the Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane in collaboration with more than a dozen European universities in Italy, Germany, Spain and France. Led by Aldo Schiavone, Professor of Law and Director of the institute in Florence, the IISUís editorial team for the Corpus Scriptorum Iuris Romani project includes Roman law specialists from universities in Florence, Rome, Pavia, Trent, Parma, Lecce, Bologna, Siena, Cagliari, Naples, Cassino, Heidelberg, and Paris, all of whom convened in Berkeley to participate in a weeklong meeting organized by Professor Schiavone and Boalt professor and Robbins Collection director Laurent Mayali.

The aim of the IISU project is to produce a series of volumes to be published during the next decade. Each volume will focus on one or more of the Roman jurists and include an introduction to his career and work, a reconstitution of the existing fragments of his writings, and a modern Italian translation of these passages from Latin, annotated for the reader.

The Robbins Collection, with a rare and modern Roman law collection that ranks as one of the best in the world, was a venue uniquely suited to host the beginnings of this ambitious and groundbreaking project. The opportunity to collaborate with the prestigious team of legal scholars on the Corpus Scriptorum Iuris Romani is an example of the dynamism of the School of Law in the international legal community and further testament to the ongoing global impact of the scholarship that takes place at Boalt Hall and the Robbins Collection. This unique scholarly gathering also honored the intellectual legacy of Professor David Daube, one of Boalt Hallís greatest teachers, who, as a young student in Freiburg, began his studies of Roman law with Otto Lenel.