Federalism and Legal Unification: Comparing Methods, Results, and Explanations Across 20 Systems
University of Michigan Law School
Mathias W. Reimann
University of Michigan School of Law
February 23, 2010
University of Michigan Public Law Working Paper No. 186
How and to what degree do federations produce uniform law within their system? Our comparative empirical study addresses this question comprehensively for the first time by examining legal unification in twenty federal systems around the world. We present the means and methods of legal unification, the degree of legal unification of each system (and of particular areas of the law within each system), and a first attempt to explain the driving forces of legal unity and diversity in federations more generally.
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Number of Pages in PDF File: 73
Keywords: Federalism, Comparative Federalism, Unification of Law, Legal Unification, Unification, Comparative Law, Private Law, Comparative Private Law
JEL Classification: K10
Date posted: February 23, 2010 ; Last revised: September 13, 2011
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