What is NAPOLEONIC LAW?

France’s Law. Rather than legal theories and principles, it is based largely on common sense rules. Five major codes comprise it: (1) Civil code, (2) Civil procedure Code, (3) Penal code, (4) Criminal procedure Code, and (5) Commercial code. In 1804 the French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) instituted it, distinguished by its religious tolerance and land emancipation. It is derived from Roman law. Also known as Napoleonic code.

More On This Topic



Link to This Definition

Did you find this definition of NAPOLEONIC LAW helpful? You can share it by copying the code below and adding it to your blog or web page.
Edited and fact checked by James: Google +