The Code Napoleon: Buried But Ruling in Latin America

17 Pages Posted: 12 Jan 2007 Last revised: 17 Apr 2010

M. C. Mirow

Florida International University (FIU) - College of Law

Date Written: 2005

Abstract

Following Maitland's famous observation on the place of the forms of action in English law at the beginning of the twentieth century, this essay argues that the Code Napoleon has had a similar effect on Latin American law. It examines various factors that have served to bury the Code and those that have served to continue its rule in Latin America. For Latin America, the author paraphrases Maitland to assert that the Code Napoleon we have buried, but it still rules us from its grave.

Keywords: code, code napoleon, Latin America, Maitland, codification

Suggested Citation

Mirow, M. C., The Code Napoleon: Buried But Ruling in Latin America (2005). Denver Journal of International Law and Policy, Vol. 33, 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=956315

M. C. Mirow (Contact Author)

Florida International University (FIU) - College of Law ( email )

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Miami, FL 33199
United States
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