The Emperor of the Eastern Roman empire,
Justinian, looked at his empire and saw that the laws were a mess.
Because they weren't written down, the laws
in one part of the empire might be different then the laws in another
part of the empire. Justinian wanted all of his people
to be treated the same way, so Justinian had his judges and lawyers get
together and write down all the laws of the land. They also wanted to
write down the laws that began in ancient Rome, the laws called the
Once they had written down all the laws and
made sure that laws did not conflict with each other, they gave this
body of law a name. They called
it the Justinian Code.
Many countries in the world have used the Justinian
code as the basis for their own laws. The men who wrote the
American bill of rights used the Justinian code as a basis or starting
point to write the bill of rights.
Twelve Tables and Justinian's Code
Bill of Rights
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