oa Fundamina : A Journal of Legal History - The interests of commerce or the fourth pillar

Volume 2003 Number 9
  • ISSN : 1021-545X
  • E-ISSN: 2411-7870



During the bi-centennial celebrations of the French revolution, which more or less coincided with the implosion of the various communist regimes, the lack of success of fraternité was downplayed. This is reflected in the theme of this conference where fraternité or solidarity has been replaced by justice as one of the pillars of legal history. As the title indicates this paper argues that promotion of commercial interests has been a powerful force in legal development.

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