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Watson, Alan 1933-

Overview
Works: 97 works in 850 publications in 7 languages and 23,623 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( Book )

40 editions published between 1985 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 859 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 law by Alan Watson( Book )

25 editions published between 1985 and 1989 in English and Undetermined and held by 795 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Roman slave law by Alan Watson( Book )

17 editions published between 1987 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 710 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Slave law in the Americas by Alan Watson( Book )

12 editions published between 1989 and 2012 in English and held by 706 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 656 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

InLegal Transplants, one of the world's foremost authorities on legal history and comparative law puts forth a clear and concise statement of his controversial thesis on the way that law has developed throughout history. When it was first published in 1974,Legal Transplantssparked both praise and outrage. Alan Watson's argument challenges the long-prevailing notion that a close connection exists between the law and the society in which it operates. His main thesis is that a society's laws do not usually develop as a logical outgrowth of its own experience. Instead, he contends, the laws of one society are primarily borrowed from other societies; therefore, most law operates in a society very different from the one for which it was originally created. Utilizing a wealth of primary sources, Watson illustrates his argument with examples ranging from the ancient Near East, ancient Rome, early modern Europe, Puritan New England, and modern New Zealand. The resulting picture of the law's surprising longevity and acceptance in foreign conditions carries important implications for legal historians and sociologists. The law cannot be used as a tool to understand society, Watson believes, without a careful consideration of legal transplants. For this edition, Watson has written a new afterword in which he places his original study in the context of more recent scholarship and offers some new reflections on legal borrowings, law, and society
Sources of law, legal change, and ambiguity by Alan Watson( Book )

31 editions published between 1984 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 612 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 law of the ancient Romans by Alan Watson( Book )

10 editions published between 1970 and 1997 in English and held by 608 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

30 editions published between 1965 and 1984 in 3 languages and held by 575 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

19 editions published between 1981 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 548 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 )

10 editions published between 1995 and 2012 in English and held by 539 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

14 editions published between 1967 and 1971 in English and held by 502 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Society and legal change by Alan Watson( Book )

29 editions published between 1977 and 2006 in English and Italian and held by 455 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A noted scholar tackles dysfunctional law
Failures of the legal imagination by Alan Watson( Book )

13 editions published between 1988 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 412 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 evolution of Western private law by Alan Watson( Book )

17 editions published between 2000 and 2003 in English and held by 339 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
Studies in Roman private law by Alan Watson( Book )

15 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and Undetermined and held by 295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hambledon & London. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Brand New Mint Hardcover With Dustjacket
The digest of Justinian by Justinian( Book )

23 editions published between 1985 and 2014 in English and held by 15 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 digest of Justinian( )

4 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The digest of Justinian( )

4 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Slave law in the Americas
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-

Алан Уотсон

آلن واتسون تاریخ‌نگار بریتانیایی

와트슨, 알란

왓슨, 알란

ワトソン, アラン

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Slave law in the AmericasLegal transplants : an approach to comparative lawSources of law, legal change, and ambiguityThe trial of JesusSociety and legal changeThe evolution of Western private lawStudies in Roman private lawThe digest of Justinian