Mixed Jurisdictions Worldwide (Hardcover)

The Third Legal Family

By Vernon Valentine Palmer

Cambridge University Press, 9780521781541, 512pp.

Publication Date: May 7, 2001

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South Africa, Scotland and Quebec are among the seven major systems of "mixed jurisdictions"--legal systems with both a common and civil law content--analyzed in this comparative study. As well as the founding, raison d'etre and evolutionary tendencies of their mixed law components, Palmer also discusses the cultural divisions of the jurists and the internal contradictions between Anglo-American judicial institutions, methodologies and procedures, and the substantive civil law. He concludes that these jurisdictions form a closely related "Third Legal Family" with cohesive traits and tendencies.