Legal Transplants and Comparative Law

International Law Journal, pp. 261-276, 2004

16 Pages Posted: 8 Mar 2012

Date Written: December 1, 2004


The current trends in modern comparative law are not limited to the traditional studies of the legal families. Nowadays, a more comprehensive approach is taken where new terms such as ‘legal culture,’ ‘cross-fertilization’ and legal transplantation are studied with great interest by modern comparative scholarship. In this article the relationship between comparative law, the reasoning behind the existence of legal transplants and the influence of legal culture are presented in order to achieve a more in-dept knowledge of the ideological background of law and legal practice in the modern world.

Keywords: legal transplants, comparative law, legal systems, transplantation, law in the books, law in action

JEL Classification: K00, K10

Suggested Citation

Mosquera Valderrama, Irma Johanna, Legal Transplants and Comparative Law (December 1, 2004). International Law Journal, pp. 261-276, 2004. Available at SSRN:

Irma Johanna Mosquera Valderrama (Contact Author)

Leiden University, Institute of Tax Law and Economics ( email )

Steenschuur 25 PO Box 9520
Leiden, 2300 RA

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