1 Scholars in comparative law do not usually confine their comparisons to legal norms but also consider the respective historical, political, socio-economic, and cultural contexts in which these norms emerge, take shape, and apply. Considering (and comparing) legal cultures is one way to take this context into account. But what exactly does legal culture mean, and how can comparatists use it? This entry attempts to clarify this somewhat fuzzy concept and elaborates which scholarly purposes it may serve. I begin by briefly pointing to the genesis of scholarship on...
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