reception

reception. The adoption in whole or in part of the law of one jurisdiction by another jurisdiction. • In the legal idiom, it is most common to speak of the reception of Roman law.

“In many parts of Europe monarchs encouraged a ‘reception’ of Roman law at the expense of medieval customary systems. On the continent — in France, Holland, and Germany — the results of the reception of Roman law have tended to be permanent; the continental jurist in the twentieth century studies Roman law to grasp the jurisprudence underlying modern codes. And in the British Isles, the law of Scotland now contains so much borrowing from Roman law that there, too the road to legal practice leads through study of the corpus of Roman civil law compiled at Justinian’s direction. But a reception of Roman law never occurred in England.” Arthur R. Hogue, Origins of the Common Law 242 (1966).


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