- A set of guidelines established in France in 1804 under Napoleon, intended to simplify and standardize private law. It's organized into three parts - the law of persons, things, and ways to gain ownership of things. The Code Civil was heavily influenced by Roman civil law both in its structure and principles. In legal systems based on this code, judges' decisions are guided by legislation over precedent
- The company's practices regarding ownership transfers are heavily influenced by the Code Civil.
- Law students often compare the Code Civil to other legal systems to understand different interpretations of private law.
- The principles of the Code Civil are upheld in court decisions as judges are more guided by legislation than past rulings.