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

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

27 Pages Posted: 4 Jul 2010  

Louis F. Del Duca

Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson Law

Alain Levasseur

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge

Date Written: July 2, 2010

Abstract

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.

Suggested Citation

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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1633991 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1633991

Louis F. Del Duca (Contact Author)

Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson Law ( email )

333 West South Street
Carlisle, PA 17013
United States

Alain Levasseur

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge ( email )

Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
United States

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