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Legal Traditions, Legal Cultures and Families of Law

  • George Mousourakis
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Abstract

Law can be studied at two interconnected levels. One level of study is that in which lawyers and other legal practitioners are mainly involved: the content of substantive law and the processes through which legal rules are created and enforced. At the other level, the study of law considers the nature of legal norms, the relationship between law and society, and fundamental concepts, such as ‘right’, ‘duty’, ‘justice’ and the ‘common good’. Straddling these two levels of study invites consideration of both the content and process of law in society. It is concerned with the effects of legal rules and institutions as well as their ability to fulfil the purposes and goals that may have been recognized at the more fundamental, jurisprudential level.

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  • George Mousourakis
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  1. 1.International RelationsRitsumeikan UniversityKyotoJapan

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