A very British pursuit – Studies in the lex Aquilia

Readers of this blog may be interested to learn of a forthcoming workshop on the lex Aquilia, arguably one of the most important topics in the study of Roman law in the United Kingdom. The aim of the workshop is the following:

The lex Aquilia has had a significant impact on the study of Roman law in Britain during the last century. The relevant titles in Justinian’s compilation have been translated into English more than once and, judging by recent Festschriften for Alan Rodger and Boudewijn Sirks, the lex Aquilia continues to be studied in great depth by a number of British Romanists. The aim of this workshop is to assess the reasons for the peculiarly British fixation with wrongful damage to property in Roman law against the backdrop of the development of Roman law in Britain during the last century. Broader themes that will be addressed include the significance of the lex Aquilia for the Oxford and Cambridge curricula, the impact of F.H. Lawson’s work on tort liability and the contribution of German émigré lawyers on the study of Roman law during the course of the twentieth century.

The workshop is hosted by Dr. Paul J. du Plessis as part of the activities of the Edinburgh Roman law Group.


8 July 2016


Elder Room, Old College


8:30 – 9.00: Arrival and welcome

9.00 – 10.00: John W. Cairns “The historiography of the lex Aquilia in Britain”

10.00 – 11.00: Paul Mitchell “‘This pursuit of patterns’: F.H. Lawson on Negligence.”

11.00 – 11.30: Tea and coffee

11.30 – 12.30: Robin Evans-Jones/Helen Scott “The Roman-law origins of the foreseeability test for the duty of care adopted in Donoghue v Stevenson”

12:30 – 1:30: David Ibbetson “Buckland and the lex Aquilia”

1.30 – 2.30: Lunch

2:30 – 3.30: Joe Sampson “Revisiting Rodger on damages under the lex Aquilia”

3.30 – 4.30: David Johnston “Causation and remoteness: British steps on a Roman path”

4.30 – 5.00: Tea and coffee

5:00 – 6.00: Benjamin Spagnolo “Students’ Digest: IX.2 in Oxford, 1893-2004”

6.00 – 7.00: Giuseppe Valditara “Wrongful loss, interesse and the lex Aquilia”

7.00 – 7.30: Alberto Lorusso “The rediscovery of Daube’s legacy in Southern Europe”

7: 30: Dinner


This is a closed workshop.