oa Fundamina : A Journal of Legal History - Ulpian's and their role in South African law - Part 1: historical context

Special issue 1
  • ISSN : 1021-545X
  • E-ISSN: 2411-7870



This article provides an historical overview of Ulpian's and focuses on their roots in Greek philosophy and their role in Roman law. It alludes briefly to the meaning of the in later legal literature such as the and the works of Kant. It reflects on the role of the in Roman-Dutch law, the common law of South Africa. In Part 2 of this contribution, we explore the influence of the in present-day South African law, including African customary law.

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