n Transactions of the Centre for Business Law - The origin of maritime liens : an historical conspectus of medieval law in continental Europe

Volume 2011, Issue 47
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Roman law as applied to maritime situations continued in force in the Mediterranean for centuries up until the compilation of the Medieval maritime codes. After the "fall" of the Western Roman Empire in 476 AD, the Germanic conquerors, influenced by the principles of personality in accordance with which each people should be subject to its own principles of law, provided that Roman law should continue to be binding on and valid in respect of their Roman subjects. Roman law thus continued to be applied, albeit in an adapted or vulgarised form, and various compilations were prepared which made liberal use of existing collections of imperial law and digests of juristic law.

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