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  •  Ancient Era  

    Hammurabi's Code of Laws (circa 1780 B.C.)

    Sumerian Laws Handbook (circa 1700 B.C.)

    The Laws of Manu (Manusmriti) (1500 B.C. to 200 A.D.)

    Justinian's Digest - Book XIV (Title I-II) (529 - 565 A.D.)
     Medieval Era

    Maritime Ordinances of Trani (1063 A.D.) 

    Port of Arles: The Navigation Code  (1150)

    The Barcelona Navigation Act of 1227

    The Barcelona Maritime Code of 1258 

    The Rules of Oleron (circa 1266)

    The Consulate of the Sea (1494) (A link to the translation by Stanley S. Jados.)

    The Laws of the Hanse Towns (circa 1597) 
     Modern Era

    Commentaries on the Laws of England, 1:247--48, 3:68--7 (1765-1768)
    William Blackstone

    Federalist No. 11: The Utility of the Union in Respect to Commercial Relations and a Navy
    Alexander Hamilton

    Federalist No. 80: The Powers of the Judiciary
    Alexander Hamilton

    The Judiciary Act of 1789 (See Section 9 on Admiralty and Maritime jurisdiction.)
    1 Stat. 73.

    Commentaries on the Constitution, 3:§§ 1659--67 (1833)
    Joseph Story

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