[Open-Legislation] First law journal in Europe?

Jörn Erbguth joern at erbguth.net
Tue Nov 11 09:44:18 UTC 2014

Hi Clemens,

I guess there must have been law journals in ancient Rome. The legal system of continental Europe has been derived from the legal system from ancient Rome and there is a lot of literature about it. But what would you consider a law journal? Does it have to be printed – since printing was only invented long after ancient Rome ceased to exist.


So my guess would be like 450 b.c. – but the publishing process looked a lot different than today. In former times it was read to the people, exhibited on tablets later printed and today published on the Web. I see no reason why “publication” necessarily means “printing on paper”.


Best regards




Von: open-legislation [mailto:open-legislation-bounces at lists.okfn.org] Im Auftrag von Clemens Wass
Gesendet: Dienstag, 11. November 2014 10:11
An: open-legislation
Betreff: [Open-Legislation] First law journal in Europe?


Dear all!


Do you know which was the first law journal in Europe? I have spoken with a few professors, but nobody had an answer...

We are currently doing some research regarding 'access to law', and this question and some background information would be quite interesting.


Please let me know - also 'educated guesses' are welcome!


Thank you!


Best, Clemens





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