The French Civil Code was adopted in 1804, the same year Napoleon was crowned emperor. The code, which inspired the legal systems in much of Europe, is still in force today in France. Now, a French freelance developer has put the entire civil code on GitHub, the web-based depository to track revisions in software code. The benefits of using GitHub, rather than going to the French government’s own online hub of the civil code, is the ability to track changes. It is a logical and user-friendly way to track the changes to laws over time. In a similar spirit, developers have put the federal laws of Germany and the US on GitHub as well.
The Entire French Legal Code Dating Back to Napoleon is Online
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About the Author: Ellyssa
Ellyssa Valenti Kroski is the Director of Information Technology at the New York Law Institute as well as an award-winning editor and author of 60 books including Law Librarianship in the Digital Age for which she won the AALL's 2014 Joseph L. Andrews Legal Literature Award. Her ten-book technology series, The Tech Set won the ALA's Best Book in Library Literature Award in 2011. She is a librarian, an adjunct faculty member at Pratt Institute, and an international conference speaker.
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