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Development of Law

By uharan8
  • Jan 1, 604

    The Seventeen Article Constitution of Japan

    The Seventeen Article Constitution of Japan
    This constitution shaped morality and law in Japan. Centered around trying to prevent disputes from occurring rather than attempting to resolve disputes.
  • Jan 1, 653

    T'ang Code

    T'ang Code
    A code of law developed by the Empire which listed crimes and corresponding punishments in 501 articles. The code is derived from early Chinese law, using similar traditions.
  • Jan 1, 1100

    First law school

    First law school
    Justinian's code was taught in the first law school which was situated in Italy. A teacher named Irnerius, was responsible for the revival of Roman Law in Europe. Within 50 years he had 10,000 law students.
  • Jan 1, 1215

    Magna Carta

    Magna Carta
    A document which King John was forced into signing which reduced his power and gave it to parliament. The document enforced laws that even the King himself had to follow. The Magna Carta is also known as the blueprint of English common law.
  • The English Bill of Rights

    The English Bill of Rights
    Another law which restricted the power of the monarchy and handed it to the people. Most importantly restricted the monarcy's right for excessive taxation.
  • The Salem Witch Trials

    The Salem Witch Trials
    A judicial frenzy occurred in Salem, Massachusetts when a group of young women began accusing other women of witchcraft.
  • South Carolina Slave Code

    South Carolina Slave Code
    This was the legislation which deemed slavery legal until post Civil War laws stated otherwise.
  • Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England

    Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England
    Blackstone wrote down English Law in a 4 volume set, making it accessible to the common man. The American colonies used Blackstone's law for the first century of American independence.
  • The American Declaration of Independence

    The American Declaration of Independence
    The declaration was groundbreaking in that it destroyed all connection between Britain and America. As well it went against the medieval theory that people were able to rule others.
  • Justinian's Code

    Justinian's Code
    The Emperor of Byzantine kept a codification of Roman Law in a series of books called Corpus Juris Civillis. His books were instrumental as the basis for law in contemporary society. As well law from Italy, Quebec, Scotland, South Africa, and Quebec all contain pieces of Justinian's code. It also formed the base of civil law which is widely used today.