oa Fundamina : A Journal of Legal History - Karl Anton von Martini der Romanist

Special issue 2
  • ISSN : 1021-545X
  • E-ISSN: 2411-7870



This contribution tries to give an overview of Martini's personal development as a teacher at the law faculty of Vienna. Whereas Martini is generally supposed to have been a famous professor and expert on natural law, he was also deeply rooted in the Romanist legal tradition. He taught Roman law for many years, and his draft Austrian Civil Code proves his dedication to the principles of Roman law with regard to real rights, obligations and the law of succession. Moreover, he was always keenly interested in the historical hypotheses of Roman law and in the history of the Roman state. His manual is an outstanding model of the appropriate teaching of legal history, which continues to be very relevant and up to date today.

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