Historical Laws and Security
Anthony Ryan Saxon
April 11, 2013
Laws and security have been around since the beginning of time. Throughout history there were many laws created by different cultures. Some of these laws are; The Code of Hammurabi, Draco’s Law, the law of the twelve tables, Justinian, The Magna Carta, and the Statute of Westminster. These laws were the beginning and are the stepping stones to the laws that we know of today.
The Code of Hammurabi was set in place by the Babylonian King Hammurabi. This code was established in 1750 B.C. and had 282 clauses. These clauses covered different obligations, rights, and even professions. If someone broke a clause, their punishment was not light; in fact the punishment was barbaric when compared to today’s punishments.
Draco’s law was written and named after a Greek citizen. The citizen also wrote the code of law for Athens. Draco’s Law was written in 621 B.C. and was meant for Greece at first. This law was first used by the nation states to take the responsibility for punishing a person out of the hands of the citizens.
The Law of the Twelve Tables was written and created in Rome in 450 B.C., this law was put in place to govern the Roman citizens. With these laws; the foundation of public laws were founded on. These law made is possible for the victim to get compensation for the offender. At this point in time the Roman’s had these laws in place so the judges were not able to bend the rules to the way they want.
Justinian code was written by Emperor of Byzantium in 529 A.D... He wrote a series of books at this time called Corpus Juris Civils, these books covered the Roman laws and examples of the earlier codes and laws. From these books legal maxims was founded and is still used in our modern legal system. These codes were the stepping stone for civil law and are still in use today.
The Magna Carta was written and created within the time of King John of England around 1215....