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The editors of Roman Legal Tradition <http://www.romanlegaltradition.org> announce the first additions to volume 4 (2008). New Contents (Abstracts below) "Inheritance Rights of Nonmarital Children in Late Roman Law" by Joshua C. Tate "Problems Concerning familia in Early Rome" by Carlos Amunátegui Perelló "The Creation of Legal Principle" by P. J. du Plessis Roman Legal Tradition is an open access journal published jointly by the Ames Foundation and the University of Glasgow School of Law. www.romanlegaltradition.org <http://www.romanlegaltradition.org> . The editors welcome contributions on any aspect of the civilian tradition in ancient, medieval, and modern law. Editorial correspondence should be addressed to Prof. Ernest Metzger, School of Law, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ, United Kingdom. email@example.com * * * Volume 4  <http://romanlegaltradition.org/contents/2008/> Inheritance Rights of Nonmarital Children in Late Roman Law by Joshua C. Tate Late Roman legislation regarding the inheritance rights of nonmarital children is a icting constitutions.tangled web of seemingly con¬ Focusing on the period 371–428 AD, this Article argues that, when two particular Western laws from that era are considered alongside others issued at the same time, it is possible to discern some wider legislative trends that may help to contextualize the different attitudes shown toward nonmarital children. cial toC.Th. 4.6.4 (371), a Western law bene nonmari¬tal children, can arguably be linked with another Western law issued shortly afterward granting a privilege to the daughters of actresses, another disfavored class in the late empire. On the other hand, the later Western constitution C.Th. 4.6.7 (426–427), the exact content of which is uncertain and disputed, appears to have been issued at a time when the Western consistory was es¬pecially concerned with promoting the interests of legitimate heirs. This lends support to the theory that the Western C.Th. 4.6.7 (and not a subsequent Eastern constitution hypothesized by Antti Arjava) was the law referred to in C.Th. 4.6.8 (428) as adopting a harsh position with regard to nonmarital children. Problems Concerning familia in Early Rome by Carlos Amunátegui Perelló This article discusses the meaning of familia in early Rome. The word seems orginally to have had no meaning coin¬cident with the modern word “family.” Rather it carried one of two other broad meanings, the earlier one economic, the later one based on relationship. It referred first to the economic family, analogous to patrimony, but including the family house, and even the group of persons who lived in the family house. It next came to signify a group of persons joined by relationship, eventually undergoing division into familia proprio iure and familia communi iure, assimilated respectively to the much older notions of adgnatio and cognatio. The Creation of Legal Principle by P. J. du Plessis This article examines the process whereby legal principle was created in the formative period of the ius commune (1100–1400). c example from theIt uses a speci realm of the law of letting and hiring to argue that distinct phases can be ed in this process.iden¬ti An appreciation of the existence of these phases, in turn, casts new light on the variety of specialized cog¬nitive techniques employed by medieval jurists to transform Roman legal rules into the “common law” of Europe.