(Latin 'guardianship', from tueri, 'to protect').
I. Basis and typology of guardianship
Tutela occurred in Roman law as tutela over those not yet of age (impuberes) and women (tutela mulierum), and concerned those who were not subject to the personal power of the 'father of the family' ( pater familias ) or the husband ( manus ), and were thus persons 'in their own right' (sui iuris). The Twelve Tabl…