Friday, February 11, 2011

Post 6 Hammurabi's Code Modern Day

Laws from Hammurabi's Code of Law that should be enacted today.

1.If he hire it out for one year and then return, the house, garden, and field shall be given back to him, and he shall take it over again.  I feel like this would be great for modern day since it would force people to be loyal to their contracts.

2. If he have no money to repay, then he shall pay in corn or sesame in place of the money as rent for what he received from the merchant, according to the royal tariff. This would allow for more leniency with debts which could mean the barter system could be back in place.
3.If the agent is careless, and does not take a receipt for the money which he gave the merchant, he can not consider the unreceipted money as his own. Evidence needs to be fact and material, meaning when someone says they owe them something, they need hard proof.

4. If any one have a claim for corn or money upon another and imprison him; if the prisoner die in prison a natural death, the case shall go no further. In today's world, this would mean people would not be able to go after someone/s family for that one family member's mistake.

5. If any one leave his house, run away, and then his wife go to another house, if then he return, and wishes to take his wife back: because he fled from his home and ran away, the wife of this runaway shall not return to her husband. This would make sure that wives are not just used and will not be a supply depot of money or shelter for this man.

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