Portuguese-Speaking Africa and the Lusophone Legal System: All in the Family?

76(1) African Studies 86-101 (2017)

Posted: 22 Feb 2017 Last revised: 20 Jan 2021

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Fernando Dias Simões

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) - Faculty of Law

Date Written: February 20, 2017

Abstract

The direct link between economic activity and commercial law is irrefutable. Countries that want to promote economic growth strive to modernise their legal systems. This article discusses the main driving forces for legal reform in Portuguese-speaking African countries. It is argued that Portuguese language and legal culture will continue to be a relevant source of influence. However, foreign investment will also play a decisive role. Legal globalisation will probably be more important than familiarity and regional integration. The most important ‘legal family’ is now international trade law: all developing countries desire to be members of this ‘family’ as they struggle to join the world economy.

Keywords: Portuguese-speaking Countries, Lusophone countries, Legal Transplants, legal reform

Suggested Citation

Dias Simões, Fernando, Portuguese-Speaking Africa and the Lusophone Legal System: All in the Family? (February 20, 2017). 76(1) African Studies 86-101 (2017), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2920891

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