Origins and Anecdotes: Poverty Law from Hammurabi to Charlemagne

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Origins and Anecdotes: Poverty Law from Hammurabi to Charlemagne

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Friday, December 15, 2017

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Carondelet Center, Room G-11
1890 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul, MN
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  • Sharon Fishlowitz, Sussman+Parkhurst, PLLC

Whether or not ancient law codes defined poverty they often included provisions relating to poverty and the poor.  From the Code of Hammurabi (promulgated approximately 4000 years ago) to Charlemagne (crowned Holy Roman Emperor in 800 AD/CE) many ancient laws addressed the specific legal needs of poor people and the consequences of poverty.  Many codes used impoverishment as a punishment, and most, in some manner, directly and overtly linked just treatment of the poor with justice.  

We will briefly review some of these "highlights," and look more closely at laws issued by Romans and Barbarians (Germanic tribal kings) during the transition, circa 500-700 AD/CE from Roman Imperial (Super)power to Germanic/Barbarian leadership in what we now call Europe.  These legal texts in the contexts of their respective cultures illustrate starkly different approaches to legislation, punishment, leadership, and care. 

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12:00 – 1:00 pm    Presentation

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