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ing sketch of the administration of justice in France under the ancien régime with its privileged classes, its strange local variations, and, above all, its thirteen parliaments. From this the author passes to the destructive and constructive reforms already noticed. No one interested in that fascinating period of French history could possibly rise from the perusal of Dr. Sagnac's work without learning something—and something valuable--which he did not know before.
Les Théories Politiques et la Droit International en France jusqu'au xviii". Siècle. By ERNEST Nys, Member de l'Institut de Droit International, Professeur à l'Université, Vice-Président au Tribunal de ire Instance de Bruxelles. Second Edition. Pp. 204. Brussels and Paris, 1899.
The first edition of this work was noticed in the Law Magazine and Review at the time of its appearance. Any book by Professor Nys is always interesting. This one is exceptionally so, as it tells one a good deal about mediæval writers, such as Vincent of Beauvais and Honoré Bonet, who are little more than names, sometimes not even that, to people more well-read than usual.
Strafrecht und Politik. By JUSTUS CLEMENS. Pp. vi., 103 Berlin, 1898.
In spite of the fact, admitted by the author, that every German is by this time gesetzbungmüde, he makes use of a judicial experience of thirty years to suggest various improvements in the Criminal Code. In his opinion that Code compares very unfavourably in clearness of drafting with the new Civil Code. But it is to be remembered that it was the first attempt at codification for the united Empire, then a thing of yesterday, for the Criminal Code was promulgated as early as 1871. Among suggested amendments are a reform of procedure, especially of the jury system, and the making of duelling a real instead of a nominal offence. He is against extension of corporal punishment and against transportation as a punishment, on the ground that England has abolished it as needless, and that France has found it by no means satisfactory. The view of some authorities is that it would be a means of peopling some of the German colonies and spheres of influence in Africa. No, says the author, not so; if we cannot people them with free German citizens, let them go unpeopled.
La Vie Parlementaire à Rome sous la République. By J. B. MisPOULET, Docteur en Droit. Pp. iv., 418. Paris, 1899.
This is an interesting attempt to show the continuity of parliamentary institutions, the author giving an account of all that is known of the procedure of the Senate towards the close of the Republic, with striking analogies from modern parliamentary procedure, especially in England. The parallelism of Roman and English history in this respect is dwelt on in several places, in the facts, for instance, that the rules of debate in both countries were mainly traditional and unwritten, and that in both reform was sometimes the work of the Conservative party, in order to avoid worse things at the hands of the reforming party. The book contains, inter alia, minute and interesting discussions of the rules of debate, the dress of the Senators, the form of Senatus consulta, and the judicial and legislative authority of the Senate. There is a good deal of topographical learning, and some views of the Roman forum and curia, and also of the great city of Timgad in Algeria, where the most perfect specimen of a Roman provincial curia is to be found, situated, as the writer knows by happy experience, among some of the finest scenery in North Africa.
Received too late for notice in this issue :-Compulsory Licences under the Patents Acts, by J. W. GORDON (Stevens & Sons, Ltd.); State Trials, Political and Social (2 vols.), by H. L. STEPHEN (Duckworth & Co.); Criminal Appeal and the Maybrick Case, by J. H. LEVY (P. S. King & Son); Her Majesty's Judges, by RICHARD HARRIS, Q.C. (Waterlow Bros. & Layton). Ruling Cases, vol. xviii. By Robert CAMBBELL (Stevens & Sons).
Other publications received :— Royal Blue Book and Fashionable Directory (May edition), 1899 (Kelly's Directories, Ltd.); Report of the International Maritime Conference, 1898.
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478 BOOKS RECEIVED:
ALLAN, Rights of Local Authorities as Regards Private
507 ANSON, English Law of Contract
374 ARCHBOLD), Pleadings in Criminal Cases ...
375 ATKINSON, Magistrates' Annual Practice 1900
379 BALFOUR-BROWN, Law of Compensation ...
114 Baty, First Elements of Procedure
364 BEAL, Law of Bailments
500 BEAL, Yearly Digest, 1899
501 BENNET, Practitioner's Guide to Duties of Executors
118 Birch, Rouse's Practical Man BLACKWELL, Inebriates Act
117 BLACKWELL, Law of Meetings
119 BROWN, Bainbridge's Law of Mines and Minerals
Canal Traffic Cases
374 CABABE, Interpleader in the High Court of Justice and County Courts
370 CAMPBELL, Ruling Cases
116, 363 CARVER, Carriage of Goods by Sea
503 CHALMERS, Law relating to Cyclists
116 CHAND, Commentaries on the Procedure of Civil Courts in British India
248 COMBOTHECRA, Conception Juridique de l'Etat
I 24 COPNALL, Law of Locomotives on Highways
117 CORDERY, Law of Solicitors Cotton, Paterson's Practical Statutes