oa Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa - Roman law and the racial policies of the Dutch East India Company: an exploration of some historical inter-connections

Volume 29, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0010-4051



In this article historical evidence is explored in an attempt to show that available Roman law sources influenced the policy of the company significantly in what may, in modem parlance, be termed racial issues. In the first part of the article relevant aspects of the Roman legal system itself are considered and a tentative conclusion offered on the kind of influence it might have exerted upon later would-be social engineers who held it in high esteem. In the second part, the conclusion offered is tested by an evaluating some examples of the application of Roman juristic concepts in Dutch East India Company empire.

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