The Circulation of Legal Phenomena: Past Lessons and Recent Issues



Specialists in comparative law are studying for a long time what is called ‘legal transplants’, what means the circulation of legal phenomena from one space to another. The debates remain open about the characters of these circulations, especially in a globalized world. This contribution proposes to distinguish the transfer of legal statements (1), the diffusion of legal ideas (2) and the worldwide acculturation of legal theories (3) in order to understand what are the features and the range of these circulations. It is the matter of recognizing the possibility of these circulations, their strong impacts during the nineteenth and the twentieth centuries, their transformations and their limits in the today world.


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  1. 1.École Normale Supérieure ParisInstitut Universitaire de FranceParisFrance

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