François Gény in Louisiana

6 Journal of Civil Law Studies 475-507 (2013)

34 Pages Posted: 5 May 2014

Date Written: December 31, 2013


In his book "François Gény and Modern Jurisprudence" (LSU Press, 1978), Jaro Mayda wrote (p.69): "The important point…is that, despite the art represented by the current literature, the pragmatic temper of America and of its mixed jurisdictions, such as Louisiana, may well be the environment that will send Gény’s themes toward their integration into a rational, modern jurisprudence". This paper tells the story of the realization of this scholarly prophesy. It identifies sociological, historical and cultural factors that contributed to Louisiana's unique reception of the "free objective search for a rule" as set forth in François Gény's manifesto, "Méthode d'interprétation et sources en droit privé positif". It also studies expressions of such successful reception, analyzing some leading cases of the Louisiana Supreme Court.

Keywords: François Gény, Louisiana, Civil Law, mixed jurisdictions, Portalis, method of interpretation, jurisprudence, natural law, equity

Suggested Citation

Licari, François-Xavier, François Gény in Louisiana (December 31, 2013). 6 Journal of Civil Law Studies 475-507 (2013), Available at SSRN:

François-Xavier Licari (Contact Author)

Université de Lorraine ( email )

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Metz, F-57000

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