Roman Law Sources
Although educated primarily in the common law, the Founding Generation was keenly aware of the Roman Civil Law, and referred to it frequently during the Constitution’s framing and ratification. The following website collects, in searchable word processing and PDF formats, the principal compilations of classical Roman law.
Institutes of Roman Law by Gaius
Digest of Justinian
The Institutes of Justinian
The Codex of Justinian
Robert G. Natelson, Senior Fellow in Constitutional Jurisprudence at the Independence Institute. (At the time, he was Professor of Law at The University of Montana.)
Rebecca Natelson Chertudi (then age 16), Rob’s daughter, grew up in Montana. She learned Latin from birth.
Rebecca obtained perfect scores on the National Latin Exam three times, won a National Merit Scholarship, and graduated from Washington and Lee University in Virginia, earning a degree in East Asian Studies. She also speaks Japanese, and, together with her husband, James Chertudi, taught English in Japan for three years.
Rebecca currently teaches Latin at a classical school in Whitefish, Montana.