Law of Italy
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The Italian legal system has a plurality of sources of production. These are arranged in a hierarchical scale, under which the rule of a lower source cannot conflict with the rule of an upper source (hierarchy of sources). The Constitution of the 1948 is the main source. The Italian Civil Code is based on codified Roman law with elements of the Napoleonic civil code and of the German BGB. The civil code of 1942 replaced the original one of 1865. Also the penal code ("The Rocco Code") was written under the fascism (1930).
- Ettore Salvatore D'Elia and Mario Ragona. In Winterton and Moys (eds). Information Sources in Law. Second Edition. Bowker-Saur. 1997. Chapter Sixteen: Italy. Pages 271 to 292.