'Kaius Tuori convincingly demonstrates how a narrative from Roman law to European identity was constructed in the twentieth century, and the ideological purposes the fiction was made to serve, including across the divide between National Socialist Europe and a self-styled continent of human rights. There is much to learn from Tuori’s erudition and insight.'
Samuel Moyn - Yale University
'Tuori is to be commended for producing a rich and textured work filled with important insights. This book will undoubtedly reframe the debate about the ideologies supporting the narratives of European legal history to a significant extent.'
Paul J. du Plessis - University of Edinburgh
'A deeply learned investigation of a somber history, Kaius Tuori's Empire of Law tracks the fate of the study of Roman law through the Nazi years and into the post-War effort to rebuild Europe. Indispensable reading for understanding the Roman legal tradition in Western history.'
James Whitman - Yale University
‘Tuori’s Empire of Law is a thoughtful investigation of the complex relationship between legal scholars exiled from Nazi Germany and the emergence of the idea of a European legal tradition rooted in Roman law.’
R. W. Lemmons
‘... Tuori’s study is a very good example of how to make use of actor-centered methods to engage with legal intellectual history and the legal history of Europe.’