Hardcover of the 1917 Code of Canon Law
Countries with a collection of laws known formally or informally as 'Civil Code'
The first edition of the Swiss Civil Code (around 1907). In 1911, it became the first civil code to include commercial law (Swiss Code of Obligations).

Ancient Sumer's Code of Ur-Nammu was compiled circa 2050–1230 BC, and is the earliest known surviving civil code.

- Codification (law)

The concept of codification dates back to ancient Babylon.

- Civil code
Hardcover of the 1917 Code of Canon Law

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Legal systems of the world. Civil law based systems are in turquoise.

Civil law (legal system)

Legal system originating in mainland Europe and adopted in much of the world.

Legal system originating in mainland Europe and adopted in much of the world.

Legal systems of the world. Civil law based systems are in turquoise.

The civil law system is intellectualized within the framework of Roman law, and with core principles codified into a referable system, which serves as the primary source of law.

In civil law legal systems where codes exist, the primary source of law is the law code, a systematic collection of interrelated articles, arranged by subject matter in some pre-specified order.

Cicero, author of the classic book The Laws, attacks Catiline for attempting a coup in the Roman Senate.

Roman law

Legal system of ancient Rome, including the legal developments spanning over a thousand years of jurisprudence, from the Twelve Tables (c.

Legal system of ancient Rome, including the legal developments spanning over a thousand years of jurisprudence, from the Twelve Tables (c.

Cicero, author of the classic book The Laws, attacks Catiline for attempting a coup in the Roman Senate.
Title page of a late 16th-century edition of the Digesta, part of Emperor Justinian's Corpus Juris Civilis
Legal systems of the world. Blue is based on Roman law.

The Codex Theodosianus (438 AD) was a codification of Constantian laws.

In some parts of Germany, Roman law continued to be applied until the German civil code (Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch, BGB) went into effect in 1900.

Publication in the Reich Law Gazette on 24 August 1896

Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch

Publication in the Reich Law Gazette on 24 August 1896

The Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch (, lit.: 'Civil Law Book'), abbreviated BGB, is the civil code of Germany.

It was put into effect on 1 January 1900, and has been the central codification of Germany's civil law ever since.