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On Common Laws

H. Patrick Glenn


The concept of common law has been one of the most important conceptual instruments of the western legal tradition, but it has been neglected by legal theory and legal history for the last two centuries. There were many common laws in Europe, including what is known in English as the common law, yet they have never previously been studied as a general phenomenon. Until the 19th century, the common laws of Europe lived in constant interaction with the particular laws which prevailed in their territories, and with one another. Common law was the main instrument of conciliation of laws which were ... More

Keywords: conciliation of laws, universality, legal theory, legal nationalism, globalization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199227655
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199227655.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

H. Patrick Glenn, author
Peter M. Laing Professor of Law, Faculty of Law, McGill University