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Guillermo Floris Margadant: El Derecho Privado Romano

Guillermo Floris Margadant (1924-2012) was a prominent Mexican jurist, historian, and professor, who specialized in the study of Roman law and its influence on the legal culture of Latin America. He authored several books and articles on the subject, among which the most famous is El Derecho Privado Romano (Roman Private Law), first published in 1968 and reprinted in 24 editions until 1999. This book is considered a classic and a reference work for students and scholars of Roman law, as well as for lawyers and judges who deal with civil law issues in Mexico and other countries that follow the Roman-Germanic legal tradition.


El Derecho Privado Romano is a comprehensive and systematic introduction to the main aspects of Roman private law, such as persons, family, property, obligations, contracts, succession, and procedure. The book covers the historical development of Roman law from its origins to the Justinian codification, as well as its reception and evolution in the medieval and modern periods. The book also analyzes the similarities and differences between Roman law and contemporary Mexican law, highlighting the enduring relevance and influence of Roman legal concepts and institutions on the current legal system.

The book is divided into four parts: Part I deals with the history and sources of Roman law; Part II examines the general theory of Roman private law; Part III explores the specific branches of Roman private law; and Part IV discusses the legacy and reception of Roman law in Europe and Latin America. Each chapter includes a summary, a bibliography, and a set of questions for review and discussion. The book also contains several illustrations, tables, charts, maps, and appendices that complement the text and facilitate the understanding of the topics.

El Derecho Privado Romano is a valuable resource for anyone who wants to learn more about the origins, development, and impact of Roman law on the modern legal culture. The book is written in a clear and accessible language, with numerous examples and cases that illustrate the practical application of Roman law principles. The book is also enriched by the author's extensive knowledge and experience as a jurist, historian, and professor, who offers a critical and comparative perspective on Roman law and its role in shaping the legal systems of Latin America.

If you are interested in reading El Derecho Privado Romano, you can download a PDF version of the book from [this link]. You can also find more information about Guillermo Floris Margadant and his works on [this page].

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