This article examines the rationale of the Justinianic division of wrongs into delicts and “quasi-delicts”. Taking as its starting point the assumption that the distinction corresponded to that between fault (culpa)-based and situational liability, it hypothesizes that the quasi-delictal appendix arose after the time of Gaius’ Institutes from a contraction of the Roman concept of a civil wrong (delictum): its scope would have narrowed from an unlawful liability-creating act to a blameworthy such act, thereby rejecting outside of the delictal class proper instances of liability regardless of fault.
|Translated title of the contribution||The Roman Division of Wrongs: A New Hypothesis|
|Pages (from-to)||1 - 23|
|Number of pages||23|
|Journal||Roman Legal Tradition|
|Publication status||Published - Aug 2009|