oa Fundamina : A Journal of Legal History - Elemér Balogh (1881-1955) : European Romanist and scholar of comparative law

Volume 15, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1021-545X
  • E-ISSN: 2411-7870



The oeuvre of Elemér Balogh, who played an essential role in founding the Académie Internationale de Droit Comparé, is nowadays almost unknown to lawyers. In spite of the fact that the greater part of his publications shows Professor Balogh (who had to emigrate from his homeland, Hungary) to have been a scholar of Roman law, very little is known about his scientific career dealing with Roman law and other ancient legal systems. In the following pages the most important stages of his life and his scientific work dealing with Roman and comparative law are presented. The mere fact that he was invited to attend the fourteenth centenary celebration of the promulgation of Justinian's Digest - where he delivered a lecture entitled "La procédure civile sous Justinien" - is evidence of his reputation as a Romanist.

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