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Comparative Law: Differences Between Common Law, Civil Law and Shariah Law 7:00-8:30 pm
Monday, December 4, 2017, 7:00 PM until 8:30 PM
1 DeLaSalle Drive, Room D104
There are three great legal traditions in the world today: the Common Law, the Civil Law, and Shariah Law. U.S. legal traditions trace to the English Common Law, which has come to embody individual rights and judicial continuity amid the hurly-burly of democracy. The Civil Law arose from the Roman genius for administration and carried forward to the Code Napoleon. It achieved its highest expression in the elegant and enduring German Burgerliches Gesetzbuch (BGB). Shariah Law, much misunderstood in the west, governs the lives of more people than any other legal system. Speaker Duncan McCampbell is an American lawyer and university professor who became familiar with the world’s leading legal systems while working in legal publishing for Thomson Reuters in the U.S., Europe and Asia. He will discuss the foundations of these three legal traditions, as well as the substantive, structural, stylistic and procedural differences separating them.