On Common Laws
The term common law is typically taken to refer to the system of judge-made law emanating from England. This new study, from the author of Legal Traditions of the World the leading comparative law textbook, examines the influence of different and more widespread forms of common law. All of these common laws existed as parallel sources of law and legal interpretation alongside the particular laws of European nations (including England, Germany, France and Holland) and regions (Tuscany, Naples, Piedmont and Lombardy). While these common laws originated in Europe they have today become transnational in character and play a major role on all continents, and many countries contribute to their development. They play a major role in all areas of law, from transnational commercial law to international human rights.