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The Napoleonic Code

The 1804 Napoleonic Code influenced civil law codes across the globe. It was very influential in developing countries outside Europe, especially in the Middle East.

  • It replaced the fragmented laws of pre-revolutionary France.
  • It recognised the principles ...

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Before the Napoleonic Code, France did not have any set of laws. Instead, law consisted of local customs. Napoleon wanted to reform the French legal system in keeping with the French Revolution. 

During the Revolution, the last traces of feudalism were abolished.

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  • The development of the code fundamentally changed the nature of the civil law legal system. It stressed clearly written and accessibly law.
  • The laws could be applied only if they had been promulgated and then published officially. No secret laws were...

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The Code was adopted in many countries occupied by the French during the Napoleonic Wars and became the foundation of the law systems of Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Portugal and their former colonies, and Poland.

Romania also used a civic code w...

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