Ian’s Legal Fact of the Week 3/4/13: An Eye For An Eye

An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth is a theory of retributive justice, focusing on retaliation rather than compensating the victim. This principle first appeared in the Babylonian Code of Hammurabi (hundreds of years earlier than similar references in the Old Testament), which also enumerated concepts such as the presumption of innocence. While the Code’s provisions often seem harsh, it was intended to provide measured punishment for offenses, so as to discourage blood feuds and excessive punishments.


Ian’s Legal Fact of the Week 3/4/13: An Eye For An Eye — 3 Comments

  1. Another one of great weekly post! I alwas enjoy reading what you write about the law. I am lawyer in Cairo and find this useful to learn on US and other law.

  2. I did not know that this originally dated to Hammurabi, I always thought it was canon law based on Bible. very interesting and thank you for posting it.

  3. I think this is a really interesting post. I make a great ‘pupil’ (forgive the pun related to this post!) and learn a lot from them. Much thanks.

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