Bateman on the Written Word & Sovereignty in Late Antiquity

 C.G. Bateman (University of British Columbia (UBC), Faculty of Law) has posted The Hermeneutics of Sovereignty: The Written Word, State Sovereignty, and Freedom of Religion in the Late Antiquity Roman Empire (The Journal Jurisprudence, vol. 34 (Hilary Term: December 2017): 311-332) on SSRN.  Here is the abstract: Words are important. We order our lives around words. States and international bodies, themselves, are set forth as being based on what amount to collections of words in constitutions, charters, and codes. But these written legal instruments all refer to more basic philosophical principles and notions of justice, and those are the basis and justification for the laws themselves. But that they are written is important, and it gives us a starting point for trying to determine just what those principles are on which our society is based. We can also look back at the laws of earlier times to see just what principles guided their justifications, and very…

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