A jurist is a person with expert knowledge of law; someone who analyses and comments on law.[1][2] This person is usually a specialist legal scholar—not necessarily with a formal qualification in law or a legal practitioner, although in the United States the term "jurist" may be applied to a judge.[3] With reference to Roman law, a "jurist" (in English) is a jurisconsult (jurisconsulta).[4]

Detail from the sarcophagus of Roman jurist Valerio Petroniano (315–320)

The English term jurist is to be distinguished from similar terms in other European languages, where it may be synonymous with legal professional, i.e. anyone with a professional law degree that qualifies for legal work.[citation needed]

Notable juristsEdit

Some notable historic jurists[clarification needed] include:

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Vieto Piergiovanni (2000). Comparative Studies in Continental and Anglo-American Legal History. Germany: Duncker & Humblot. p. 236. ISBN 978-3428097562.
  2. ^ "One who professes or treats of law; one versed in the science of law; a legal writer": "Jurist". Oxford English Dictionary online. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  3. ^ Garner, Bryan A., ed. (2019). "Jurist". Black's Law Dictionary (11 ed.). St. Paul, Minn.: West.
  4. ^ "Definition of Jurisconsult". www.merriam-webster.com.

External linksEdit

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