Contardo Ferrini (1859–1902): A Contemplative Legal Historian

In Orazio Condorelli and Rafael Domingo (eds.), Great Christian Jurists in Italian History (Cambridge University Press, 2020)

19 Pages Posted: 1 Aug 2018  

Rafael Domingo

Emory University School of Law; University of Navarra - School of Law

Date Written: July 8, 2018

Abstract

A scholar of great originality and deep spirituality, Contardo Ferrini belonged to an outstanding generation of Italian legal historians of Antiquity, who brought to prominence the studies of Roman law just after the establishment of the Kingdom of Italy (1861). Moved by a patriotic feeling and scientific enthusiasm, they tried to wrest intellectual supremacy from Germany. In addition to Ferrini, the most influential representatives of this select group included Vittorio Scialoja, Carlo Fadda, Silvio Perozzi, Salvatore Riccobono, and Pietro Bonfante.

Although Scialoja, not Ferrini, was the leader of the group, Ferrini was a very prominent member of it, the most distinguished expert in Roman Byzantine law and criminal law, and probably the one who more properly embodied the notion of Christian jurist. Ferrini lived in a time of strong tensions between church and state due to the Roman question. He was a forerunner of the theology of the universal call to holiness, deeply developed decades later by the Second Vatican Council (1962–1965), and he contributed to linking Christian love, especially for the poor, with the flourishing of human science.

Keywords: Roman Law, Criminal Law, Byzantine Law, Italy, Spirituality, Catholic Church, Legal Historian

Suggested Citation

Domingo, Rafael, Contardo Ferrini (1859–1902): A Contemplative Legal Historian (July 8, 2018). In Orazio Condorelli and Rafael Domingo (eds.), Great Christian Jurists in Italian History (Cambridge University Press, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3210351

Rafael Domingo (Contact Author)

Emory University School of Law ( email )

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Atlanta, GA 30322
United States

HOME PAGE: http://law.emory.edu/

University of Navarra - School of Law ( email )

Universidad de Navarra
Campus Universitario
Pamplona, Navarra 31009
Spain

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