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COMMON LAW SYSTEMS AND MIXED SYSTEMS WITH A COMMON LAW TRADITION

Like that of Civil law, the Common law system has taken on a variety of cultural forms throughout the world. Notwithstanding the significant nuances that such diversity can sometimes create, and which political circumstances further accentuate, this category includes political entities whose law, for the most part, is technically based on English Common law concepts and legal organizational methods which assign a pre-eminent position to case-law, as opposed to legislation, as the ordinary means of expression of general law. Thus this category includes political entities that have more or less close ties with the English tradition and that sometimes possess an abundance of codes, legislation and non-jurisprudential normative instruments, but for which Common law jurisprudence retains its character as the fundamental law (e.g. California in the United States).

COMMON LAW MONOSYSTEMS

  • ANGUILLA (UK)
  • ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA
  • AUSTRALIA (AU)
  • BRITISH INDIAN OCEAN TERRITORY (UK)
  • BRITISH TERRITORIES OF ANTARTICA (UK)
  • BAHAMAS
  • BARBADOS
  • BELIZE
  • BERMUDA (UK)
  • CANADA (CD) (minus QUEBEC)
  • CAYMANS (UK)
  • COOK ISLANDS (NZ)
  • DOMINICA
  • FIJI ISLANDS
  • GIBRALTAR (UK)
  • GRENADA
  • GUAM (USA)
  • HAWAII (USA)
  • IRELAND
  • JAMAICA
  • KIRIBATI
  • MALOUINES/FALKLAND ISLES (UK)
  • MAN ISLE OF (UK)
  • MARIANA (USA)
  • MARSHALL ISLANDS
  • MONTSERRAT (UK)
  • NAURU
  • NEW ZEALAND (NZ)
  • NIUE ISLAND (NZ)
  • NORFOLK ISLAND (AU)
  • NORTHERN IRELAND (UK)
  • PALAU
  • PITCAIRN (UK)
  • SAINT HELENA (UK)
  • SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS
  • SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRANADINES
  • SAMOA, AMERICAN (USA)
  • SOUTH GEORGIA AND SANDWICH ISLANDS (UK)
  • TOKELAU (NZ)
  • TONGA
  • TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
  • TURKS AND CAICOS (UK)
  • TUVALU
  • UNITED KINGDOM (UK) (minus SCOTLAND, GUERNESEY, JERSEY)
  • UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (USA) (minus LOUISIANA)
  • VIRGIN ISLANDS (UK)
  • VIRGIN ISLANDS (USA)

MIXED SYSTEMS OF CIVIL LAW AND COMMON LAW

  • SOUTH AFRICA
  • BOTSWANA
  • CYPRUS
  • GUYANA
  • LOUISIANA (USA)
  • MALTA
  • MAURITIUS
  • NAMIBIA
  • PHILIPPINES
  • PORTO RICO (ASS. USA)
  • QUEBEC (CD)
  • SAINT LUCIA
  • SCOTLAND (UK)
  • SEYCHELLES

MIXED SYSTEMS OF CIVIL LAW, COMMON LAW AND CUSTOMARY LAW

  • CAMEROUN
  • LESOTHO
  • SRI LANKA
  • VANUATU
  • ZIMBABWE

MIXED SYSTEMS OF COMMON LAW AND MUSLIM LAW

  • BANGLADESH
  • PAKISTAN
  • SINGAPORE
  • SUDAN

MIXED SYSTEMS OF COMMON LAW AND CUSTOMARY LAW

  • BHUTAN
  • GHANA
  • HONG KONG (CN)
  • LIBERIA
  • MALAWI
  • MICRONESIA
  • MYANMAR
  • NEPAL
  • PAPUA NEW GUINEA
  • SAMOA
  • SIERRA LEONE
  • SOLOMON ISLANDS
  • TANZANIA
  • UGANDA
  • ZAMBIA

MIXED SYSTEMS OF COMMON LAW, MUSLIM LAW AND CUSTOMARY LAW

  • BRUNEI
  • GAMBIA
  • INDIA
  • KENYA
  • MALAYSIA
  • NIGERIA

MIXED SYSTEMS OF COMMON LAW, CIVIL LAW, MUSLIM LAW AND CUSTOMARY LAW

  • BAHRAIN
  • QATAR
  • SOMALIA
  • YEMEN

MIXED SYSTEM OF CIVIL LAW, COMMON LAW, JEWISH LAW AND MUSLIM LAW

  • ISRAEL
 

COMMON LAW SYSTEMS BIBLIOGRAPHY

BELANGER-HARDY, L., et GRENON, A., Éléments de Common law et aperçu comparatif du droit civil québécois, Scarborough, Carswell, 1997.

BULLIER, A., La Common law, connaissance du droit, Paris, Dalloz, 2002.

CAPPALLI, R.B., The American Common law Method, New York, Transnational Publisher Inc., 1996.

COLLECTION LA Common law EN POCHE, Cowansville, Editions Yvon Blais, 1996.

COWNIE, F. and BRADNEY, A., English Legal System in Context, London, Butterworths, 1996.

DAVID, R., Droit anglais, coll. Que sais-je? no.1162, Paris, P.U.F., 1965.

DUPONT, J., The Common law Abroad, Constitutional and Legal Legacy of the British Empire (An Annotated Bibliography of Titles Relating to the Colonial Dependencies of Great Britain held by Twelve Great Law Libraries), Colorado, Fred B. Rothman Publications, 2001.

FARNSWORTH, E.A., Introduction au système juridique des États-Unis, Paris, L.G.D.J., 1986.

FAST, J., and FAST, T., The Legal Atlas of the United States, New York , Facts on File, 1997.

FINE, T.M., American Legal Systems: a Resource and Referencee Guide, Cincinnati, Anderson Publishing Co., 1997.

GILMORE, G., The Age of American Law, New Haven, Ct, Yale University Press, 1977.

HOGUE, A.R., Origins of the Common law, Hamden, Conn., Archon Books, 1974, c1966.

HOLDSWORTH, W.S., A History of English Law, London, Methuen, Sweet and Maxwell, 1956-1966 .

HOLMES, O.W., The Common law, London, Macmillan, Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1963.

JENKS, E and al., A Digest of English Civil law, London, Butterworths & Co., l912.

JOLOWICZ, J.A., (ed.), Droit anglais, Paris, Dalloz, 1986.

KINDER-GEST, P., Droit anglais, Paris, L.G.D.J., 1993.

LASKIN, B., The British Tradition in Canadian Law, London, Stevens, 1969.

LEVASSEUR, A., Droit des États-Unis, Paris, Dalloz, 1994. 

PARTINGTON, M., Introduction to the English Legal System, New York, Oxford University Press, 2000.

PLUCKNETT, F., Concise History of the Common law, London, Butterworths, 1956.

POIRIER, D., et  DEBRUCHE, A.F.,   Introduction générale à la Common law, Cowansville, Éditions Yvon Blais, 2005.

POTTER, H., Historical Introduction to English Law and Its Institutions, London, Sweet & Maxwell, 1958.

SEROUSSI, R., Introduction aux droit anglais et américain, 2e éd., Paris, Dunod, 1999.

SERVIDIO-DELABRE, E., Common law, Introduction to the English and American Legal Systems, Paris,  Dalloz, 2004.

SIMPSON, A.W.B., Biographical Dictionary of the Common law, London, Butterworths, 1984.

TUNC, A., Droit des États-Unis, coll. Que sais-je? no. 1159, Paris, P.U.F., 1969.

VAN CAENEGEM, R.C., The Birth of the English Common law, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1988.

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