Annual Survey of International & Comparative Law

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Comparative Law


It is the aim of comparative law to examine the legal rules and patterns of order that drive a given society. For subjects of a particular legal system, this is a question of acculturation. Being the product of a culture, we often intuitively sense the hidden forces that play out below the surface of the external manifestation of law. Therefore, this task becomes more difficult when we find ourselves dealing with a foreign legal system. We must then call upon the tools of the anthropologist or archeologist: studying the underlying substrata of data that lie within a culture.