Are Legal Transplants Impossible?

(2009) Journal of Comparative Law, 4(1), 182-191

10 Pages Posted: 27 Aug 2009 Last revised: 20 Mar 2017

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Mohammad Rizal Salim

Nottingham University Business School, Malaysia Campus

Date Written: August 27, 2009


The Malaysian case Soo Boon Siong @ Saw Boon Siong v Saw Fatt Seong & Soo Hock Seang provides evidence of the inherent impossibility of legal transplants. The impossibility in this case was not caused by differences of legal culture, but the inability of lawyers in a post-colonial state to keep pace with the increasing complexities of the law.

Keywords: Company law, corporate governance, Common Law, legal transplant, post-colonial, Malaysia

JEL Classification: K00, K20, K40

Suggested Citation

Salim, Mohammad Rizal, Are Legal Transplants Impossible? (August 27, 2009). (2009) Journal of Comparative Law, 4(1), 182-191, Available at SSRN:

Mohammad Rizal Salim (Contact Author)

Nottingham University Business School, Malaysia Campus ( email )

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