Compare And Contrast The Hammurabi Code Of Law Today

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My Research Question: How does the Hammurabi code of law compare to today’s legal system? “If a man put out the eye of another man, his eye shall be put out.” As someone who has always had genuine interest to learn about the different legal systems in the world, I was drawn in completely last year when I came across the ‘Hammurabi Code of Law’. Although at first glance, it seemed like a barbaric form of justice, I realized upon further reading that there’s more to it than what meets the eye. The essence of the Hammurabi code of law is ‘an eye for an eye’. It is commonly known as the strictest and harshest code of law in history. Retaliatory justice, in which the response to a crime is a proportionate punishment inflicted without the purpose of rehabilitation, is the form of justice that is explained in the Code. It was written under the reign of Hammurabi who became the sixth king of the Amorite First Dynasty of Babylon after assuming the throne from his father. He attained almost all of ancient Mesopotamia on his conquest to expand his kingdom. Thus, he created a code of law to unify the provinces he attained, to maintain law and order and to prevent vendetta and blood feuds . He aimed to clearly describe the crime…show more content…
This is a crucial to note because it affects the nature of the laws as well. The code was written in order to manage the below par behaviour of the people at the time, which was no doubt the result of the absence of an efficient system. The punishments which included fines, whippings, face mutilations, exile and even killing, were meant to instill a sense of fear inside the people so they would not even think about breaking the law. It was also made in order to protect the poorer class from exploitation from the rich. However, the tables turned and the code ended up favoring the rich and adversely affecting the

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