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Watson, Alan 1933-

Overview
Works: 94 works in 803 publications in 8 languages and 23,096 library holdings
Genres: History  Sources  Outlines and syllabi 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Honoree, Translator, Other, Dedicatee
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Most widely held works by Alan Watson
The Digest of Justinian by Justinian( )

54 editions published between 1985 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 2,259 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When Justinian became sole ruler of the Byzantine Empire in A.D. 527, he ordered the preparation of three compilations of Roman law that together formed the Corpus Juris Civilis. These works have become known individually as the Code, which collected the legal pronouncements of the Roman emperors, the Institutes, an elementary student's textbook, and the Digest, by far the largest and most highly prized of the three compilations. The Digest was assembled by a team of sixteen academic lawyers commissioned by Justinian in 533 to cull everything of value from earlier Roman law. It was for centuries the focal point of legal education in the West and remains today an unprecedented collection of the commentaries of Roman jurists on the civil law." "Commissioned by the Commonwealth Fund in 1978, Alan Watson assembled a team of thirty specialists to produce this magisterial translation, which was first completed and published in 1985 with Theodor Mommsen's Latin text of 1878 on facing pages. This paperback edition presents a corrected English-language text alone, with an introduction by Alan Watson." --Book Jacket
The evolution of Western private law by Alan Watson( )

18 editions published between 1985 and 2003 in English and held by 1,589 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In The Evolution of Western Private Law, renowned legal scholar Alan Watson presents a comprehensive overview of legal change in the Western world. Watson explains why and how such change occurs in mature systems, in underdeveloped systems, and when legal systems of different levels of sophistication and from different societal roots - such as those of the Romans and of Germanic tribes - come into contact."--Jacket
Society and legal change by Alan Watson( )

28 editions published between 1977 and 2006 in English and Italian and held by 928 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A noted scholar tackles dysfunctional law
Studies in Roman private law by Alan Watson( )

15 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and Undetermined and held by 877 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hambledon & London. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Brand New Mint Hardcover With Dustjacket
Sources of law, legal change, and ambiguity by Alan Watson( Book )

29 editions published between 1984 and 2017 in English and held by 817 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why is the law notoriously unclear, arcane, slow to change in the face of changing circumstances? In this sweeping comparative analysis of the lawmaking process from ancient Rome to the present day, Alan Watson argues that the answer has largely to do with the mixed ancestry of modern law, the confusion of sources—custom, legislation, scholarly writing, and judicial precedent—from which it derives
The evolution of law by Alan Watson( Book )

22 editions published between 1985 and 1989 in English and held by 790 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Roman slave law by Alan Watson( Book )

16 editions published between 1987 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 720 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Slave law in the Americas by Alan Watson( Book )

13 editions published between 1989 and 2012 in English and held by 707 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Legal transplants : an approach to comparative law by Alan Watson( Book )

32 editions published between 1974 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 659 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Upon leaving an oppressive summer camp, twelve-year-old Margaret Rose Kane spearheads a campaign to preserve three unique towers her grand uncles have been building in their back yard for over forty years
Failures of the legal imagination by Alan Watson( Book )

13 editions published between 1988 and 2016 in English and held by 614 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this masterful choreography of legal philosophy, legal history, and comparative law, Alan Watson draws from ancient Roman, English, and French law to assess how lawmakers fail to envision ways to provide society with laws geared toward precise political or social goals." -- Publisher's website
The law of the ancient Romans by Alan Watson( Book )

10 editions published between 1970 and 1997 in English and held by 606 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The law of persons in the later Roman Republic by Alan Watson( Book )

28 editions published between 1965 and 1984 in 3 languages and held by 584 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The making of the civil law by Alan Watson( Book )

17 editions published between 1981 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 543 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ben shu jiu min fa de xing shi li xing fang mian zuo le tan tao, zhi chu dang min fa ju bei fa dian zhe zhong xing shi hou, min fa bu jin ke yi yi zhi, bing qie fa lü de yi zhi yu shou yi zhi di de she hui de, jing ji de he zheng zhi de yin su wu guan
The trial of Jesus by Alan Watson( Book )

11 editions published between 1995 and 2012 in English and held by 537 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The digest of Justinian by Justinian( )

19 editions published between 1985 and 2014 in English and held by 534 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The most famous and influential collection of legal materials in world history, now available in a four-volume English-language paperback edition
The law of property in the later Roman Republic by Alan Watson( Book )

27 editions published between 1968 and 1984 in English and German and held by 518 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The law of succession in the later Roman Republic by Alan Watson( Book )

14 editions published between 1967 and 1971 in English and held by 508 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rome of the XII Tables : persons and property by Alan Watson( Book )

15 editions published between 1975 and 1976 in English and held by 503 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The spirit of Roman law by Alan Watson( Book )

14 editions published between 1994 and 2008 in English and held by 497 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is not about the rules or concepts of Roman law, says Alan Watson, but about the values and approaches, explicit and implicit, of those who made the law. The scope of Watson's concerns encompasses the period from the Twelve Tables, around 451 B.C., to the end of the so-called classical period, around A.D. 235. As he discusses the issues and problems that faced the Roman legal intelligentsia, Watson also holds up Roman law as a clear, although admittedly extreme, example of law's enormous impact on society in light of society's limited input into law. Roman private law has been the most admired and imitated system of private law in the world, but it evolved, Watson argues, as a hobby of gentlemen, albeit a hobby that carried social status. The jurists, the private individuals most responsible for legal development, were first and foremost politicians and (in the Empire) bureaucrats; their engagement with the law was primarily to win the esteem of their peers. The exclusively patrician College of Pontiffs was given a monopoly of interpretation of private law in the mid fifth century B.C. Though the College would lose its exclusivity and monopoly, interpretation of law remained one mark of a Roman gentleman. But only interpretation of the law, not conceptualization or systematization or reform, gave prestige, says Watson. Further, the jurists limited themselves to particular modes of reasoning: no arguments to a ruling could be based on morality, justice, economic welfare, or what was approved elsewhere. No praetor (one of the elected officials who controlled the courts) is famous for introducing reforms, Watson points out, and, in contrast with a nonjurist like Cicero, no jurist theorized about the nature of law. A strong characteristic of Roman law is its relative autonomy, and isolation from the rest of life. Paradoxically, this very autonomy was a key factor in the Reception of Roman Law - the assimilation of the learned Roman law as taught at the universities into the law of the individual territories of Western Europe
The law of obligations in the later Roman Republic by Alan Watson( Book )

25 editions published between 1965 and 1984 in 3 languages and held by 489 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The evolution of Western private law
Alternative Names
Alan Votson

Alan Watson Brits historicus

Watson, Alan

Watson, W.A.J., 1933-

Watson, W. A. J. (William Alexander Jardine)

Watson, W. A. J. (William Alexander Jardine), 1933-

Watson William Alexander Jardine

Watson, William Alexander Jardine 1933-

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The evolution of Western private lawSociety and legal changeStudies in Roman private lawSources of law, legal change, and ambiguitySlave law in the AmericasLegal transplants : an approach to comparative lawThe trial of JesusThe digest of JustinianThe spirit of Roman law