Questioning Harmonization: Legal Transplantation in the Colonial Context
Tel Aviv University - Buchmann Faculty of Law
June, 30 2009
Theoretical Inquiries in Law Forum, Vol. 10, Issue 2, Article 3, p. 49, 2009
This comment on an article by Ron Harris and Michael Crystal argues that on the theoretical as well as the historical level, there is no reason to assume that a legal system, like a sort of organism, wishes to replicate itself or propogate its genes, nor that it will typically do so, even in the supposedly hospitable environment of colonial relations. While legal transplantation in the British Empire was rampant, it was also multidirectional, with jurisdictions from around the world borrowing freely from each other, from the legal systems of other imperial territories as well as from outside the empire. More generally, the inherent complexity of legislating, even in the colonial context, makes harmonization an unlikely prospect in any empire.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 6
Keywords: legal transplants, harmonization, colonial law, British Empire
JEL Classification: F02, H77, K40, N40Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: June 30, 2009
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