Dr E. N. van Kleffens has had a distinguished career in the Foreign Service of the Netherlands, and latterly of the European Communities. The Law of Nations has therefore been an absorbing and lifelong interest. Spaniards played a significant role in the formulation of the concept of an International Law, and it is to do justice to this aspect of the subject that the author sets out to expound the origins and development of Hispanic Law, in a manner that will not deter the student who is not a legal specialist. This approach involved an informed analysis of the ethnic, linguistic and historic strands woven into the rich texture of Hispanic jurisprudence. The influence of Roman, Visigoth, and Muslim is carefully assessed, and leads to the central statement of the book: a critical evaluation of the medieval law of Castile, as evidenced in the legal works associated with Alfonso X, and particularly the Siete Partidas. An extensive postscript discusses the continuing influence of the Hispanic Law of the period, both in Spain and abroad; especially in Spanish America, the Philippines, and those States of the USA that once formed part of Spain.
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Book Description Edinburgh University Press, 1968. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110852240279