The Short-Lived Influence of the Napoleonic Civil Code in 19th Century Greece

11 Pages Posted: 20 Aug 2002

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Aristides N. Hatzis

University of Athens - Department of History & Philosophy of Science; National and Kapodistrian University of Athens - Faculty of Law; Athens University of Economics and Business - Department of Economics

Abstract

During the Greek War of Independence (1821-1827) from the Ottomans - which had a nationalistic and liberal character - and for the first decades after the liberation, a number of liberal French-educated politicians and scholars attempted unsuccessfully to introduce the Napoleonic Civil Code (or some clone of it) as the Greek Civil Code. Despite the fertile political and intellectual ground for such an introduction, they failed to achieve their goal due to the 'temporary' introduction of Justinian's Roman law as the Greek civil law. This led the Greek academic community to the Pandektenrecht and the predominance of the 19th century German legal theory (boosted by its organized propagation on the part of a number of German-educated legal scholars).

Keywords: History of Modern Greek Civil Law, Napoleonic Civil Code, Pandektenrecht

JEL Classification: K10, N43

Suggested Citation

Hatzis, Aristides N., The Short-Lived Influence of the Napoleonic Civil Code in 19th Century Greece. European Journal of Law & Economics, Vol. 14, No. 3, November 2002, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=324280

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