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The Rise and Fall of Communal Liability in Ancient Law


Francesco Parisi


University of Minnesota - Law School; University of Bologna

Giuseppe Dari-Mattiacci


University of Amsterdam - Amsterdam Center for Law and Economics (ACLE); Tinbergen Institute


International Review of Law and Economics, Vol. 24, No. 4, pp. 489-505, December 2004
George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 03-44

Abstract:     
In ancient societies, rules of communal responsibility permitted the imposition of retaliatory sanctions on a wrongdoer's clan. These rules followed the collective ownership structure of early communities. Over time, notions of personal responsibility emerged, terminating the transfer of responsibility from one member to the whole clan. This paper intends to provide an economic explanation for this transition.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 21

Keywords: communal liability, tort, ancient law, primitive society, group liability

JEL Classification: K13, K14, K42

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Date posted: May 6, 2004  

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Parisi, Francesco and Dari-Mattiacci, Giuseppe, The Rise and Fall of Communal Liability in Ancient Law. International Review of Law and Economics, Vol. 24, No. 4, pp. 489-505, December 2004; George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 03-44. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=451581

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