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Revista de estudios histórico-jurídicos

versión impresa ISSN 0716-5455

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BENFELD ESCOBAR, Johann S.  y  LARROUCAU TORRES, Jorge A.. The Late Medieval Law System of Evidence of the Seven-part Code and the Federal Rules of Evidence of 1975: Two Strategies for the Same Purpose. Rev. estud. hist.-juríd. [online]. 2018, n.40, pp.617-643. ISSN 0716-5455.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0716-54552018000100617.

The system of weighing evidence emerges from the scientific development of the law of evidence performed by the Lower Middle Ages' lawyers who, in order to provide inputs for the timely and peaceful resolution of jurisdictional conflicts drafted doctrinal texts with significant pedagogical, theoretical and practical resources. Among the texts written in this period, The Seven-Part Code -compiled during the reign of Alfonso X- deserves special mention, since this is one of the few texts that gathers the principles and rules inherent to the emerging Continental Law of Evidence. The so called rationalist tradition of the law of evidence (an Anglo Saxon theoretical perspective) is consistent with modern times and also developed doctrinal, theoretical and practical texts of priceless value for law of evidence, among which is the Federal Rules of Evidence of 1975 of the United States of America. In this work we propose that there are important points of contact between both traditions and among such texts, unlike what is commonly asserted, especially regarding the relationship between the principles and rules of evidence with the ends inherent to the legal procedure.

Palabras clave : Law of evidence; Late Medieval evidence production tradition; Rationalist tradition of the evidence; Seven-Part Code; Federal Rules of Evidence.

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