Quick Primer on the World's Legal Systems - Deepstash
Quick Primer on the World's Legal Systems

Quick Primer on the World's Legal Systems

There are generally considered to be five legal systems in the world today: 

  • Civil law
  • Common law
  • Customary law
  • Religious law
  • Mixed legal systems.

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Customary Law Systems

  • They are based on patterns of behavior (or customs) that have come to be accepted as legal requirements or rules of conduct within a particular country.  
  • The laws of customary legal systems are usually unwritten and are often dispensed by elders, passed down through...

Religious Legal Systems

These are the systems where the law emanates from texts or traditions within a given religious tradition.  

Many Islamic nations have legal systems based in whole or in part on the Quran.

Common Law Systems

  • While they often have statutes, common law systems rely more on precedent, judicial decisions that have already been made.  
  • Common law systems are adversarial, rather than investigatory, with the judge moderating between two opposing parties.  
  • The l...

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