Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD REFERENCE (www.oxfordreference.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single entry from a reference work in OR for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 17 April 2024

Lex talionis  lāks talēō´nēs .  leks tâlēō´nis . n. 

Guide to Latin in International Law

Aaron X. Fellmeth,

Maurice Horwitz

“The law of retaliation.”A law requiring punishment of a crime no greater than, or that mirrors or is proportional to, the crime itself. The term derives from a Roman law in which a false accusation that caused the accused to be unjustly tortured would, upon discovery, subject the accuser to torture himself or herself. Earlier examples of similar laws may be found in the Torah’s Exodus 21:23–25, the Code of Hammurabi, and elsewhere. ... ...

Access to the complete content on Oxford Reference requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.