2015 Student Research Conference:
28th Annual Student Research Conference

The Foundations of Rome and the Unstable American House: The Implications of Using an Unrefined System as a Base for the U.S. Justice System
Madeline A. Oberman
Dr. Bridget Thomas and Dr. Rebecca Harrison, Faculty Mentors

Roman law was instituted in every corner of the Roman Empire. After the fall of Rome, most of the countries kept the previously established Roman law, and simply adapted the system to fit their own needs. Although the United States has based their justice system on British Common Law, Common Law was based almost exclusively on Roman law. Unfortunately, the system did not work so well for the Romans to begin with. The US has based their system on an ancient method of controlling violence and public order, but has failed to continue to update the system as necessary. If the Romans developed their justice system out of necessity and convenience, and our society has indirectly based ours off of the Romans, how could ours succeed long-term?

Keywords: Rome, Latin, Law, Police, Justice, History, Courts


Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 118-4
Location: OP 2117
Time: 8:45

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