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Impact of Legal Culture and Legal Transplants on the Evolution of the U.S. Legal System


Louis F. Del Duca


The Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law

Alain Levasseur


Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge

July 2, 2010

American Journal of Comparative Law, Forthcoming
La incidencia del derecho uniforme en el derecho nacional, Forthcoming
Penn State Legal Studies Research Paper No. 23-2010

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This article is based on the United States National Report to the 2010 International Congress of Comparative Law on Legal History and Ethnology: Legal Culture and Legal Transplant. It traces the United States experience in acceptance of legal transplants at critical times in the evolution of its legal systems. It addresses the transplantation of English common law to the United States in the colonial and post-revolutionary war eras, noting the limited impact of the French civil code tradition. It next discusses development of the national market place, evolution of uniform state laws and in more recent times the transplantation of supranational norms via the Supremacy and Treaty clauses of the United States Constitution into the United States legal system. It then analyzes the matrimonial law of the community property regime of Texas and Louisiana within the political, social, human, philosophical and linguistic context of these States.

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Date posted: July 4, 2010  

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Del Duca, Louis F. and Levasseur, Alain, Impact of Legal Culture and Legal Transplants on the Evolution of the U.S. Legal System (July 2, 2010). American Journal of Comparative Law, Forthcoming; Penn State Legal Studies Research Paper No. 23-2010. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1633991 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1633991

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Louis F. Del Duca (Contact Author)
The Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law ( email )
333 West South Street
Carlisle, PA 17013
United States
Alain Levasseur
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge ( email )
136 Atkinson
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
United States
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