Liber Statutorum Civitatis Ragusii

Date created: 14.04.2022.
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Liber Statutorum Civitatis Ragusii

an evening dedicated to the 750th anniversary of the promulgation of the Dubrovnik Statute

In an intriguing scene form, the Festival Drama Ensemble along with any interested citizens will stage a depiction of how the Statute was made and how it lived along with the community to which it belongs, and how it reflected the Dubrovnik Republic mythos.

Performed by: Doris Šarić-Kukuljica, Perica Martinović, Nataša Dangubić

Parts from Nella Lonza's prologue to The Statute of the City of Dubrovnik of 1272 (Dubrovnik State Archive, Dubrovnik 2002) are used.


The foundation of the city's legal system for more than five centuries and a powerful symbol of Dubrovnik's collective identity and statehood, the Statute of Dubrovnik was promulgated on 29 May 1272. Apart from concrete solutions to the needs of the local community, it incorporates a threefold tradition: urban culture of the Mediterranean cities, the principles of prudent administration articulated in the political thought and practice of the thirteenth century, and above all, the rich European legal heritage which in the Middle Ages developed on the legacy of the Roman and canon law.

Originally written in Latin, in more recent times the text of the Statute has been translated into Croatian and English. With its chapters on administration and judiciary, on family and inheritance law, on crimes and penalties, on the challenges of maritime trade and urban setting, the Statute of Dubrovnik is an ideal companion to the early centuries of Dubrovnik's and European legal culture, and a colourful source of the everyday life of a medieval Mediterranean city.


The City Council of the City of Dubrovnik declared  2022 the year of the Dubrovnik Statute on the 5th council citting held on 27 October 2021.