Legal framework of public contracts in Roman Republic


  • George Krzynówek University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn (Uniwersytet Warmińsko-Mazurski)


locationes censoriae, operae publicae, making a contract by censors, responsibilites of private contractors


Rome in the republican period used to allocate public services, building projects etc. to private contractors. Locationes censoriae was a main legal tool to that end. The system of legal rules was developed, which operate on the border of the public and private sectors producing a legal, economic and political intertwining of both spheres. A sophisticated set of rules introduced by custom and maintain by tradition, determined the procedure of enactment of intention to make a contract and auction to choose a contractor with whom to conclude a contract. Its rules covered also the way to secure the position of the state either by way of a real right (ownership, right of pledge, mortgage) or by additional debtors (personal security), usually both, which could lead to severe responsibilities for contractors and their guaranties.


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Legal framework of public contracts in Roman Republic. (2019). Miscellanea Historico-Iuridica, 17(2), 55-70.

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