The blog of the "Law and the Humanities" course at the RomaTre University (Law Faculty) directed by Prof. Emanuele Conte. By Stefania Gialdroni and Angela Condello
I think that the architecture reflects pretty much the different legal systems. Like Mathias had already visualised in class, German architecture is less impressive and in courts you can not find that many symbols. The architecture is more modern and straight (for example the Bundesverfassungsgericht).In comparison to our education of law, we are more traditional and law is even more static. Of course, there were several changes within the education but basically one might say that the education is almost the same like it was 30 years ago. So there is no hint of a modern education.
I think that the architectural differences( neo-gotic vs neo-classic) don't represent the differences between legal systems but the differences between england's roots and italy's roots. One based on a great history of medieval monarchy, one based on the great tradition of roman empire. But it's true that Inns of Court represent the different education system about law. In england we have great structures dedicated to legal practice, in italy we can't find anything like it.
I agree with Lorenzo.I think that more than the different legal systems, the different architecture of Italian and English courts represent the different culture of these two countries. A nation's legal system is but one aspect of it's tradition, even if it is a particularly representative one.