Part IV

Simona CRISTEA, PH.D. in Law, Associate Professor, Atypical systems of law
Atypical systems of law have a mixed legal regime, hybrid type, which cannot be classified in any of the major families of law. Yet, the fact that these systems don’t belong to any of the classical families of law, doesn’t mean that such systems are not important and therefore, they can be ignored in terms of scientific research, because every system or family of law is no more than a macro system element of legal diversity. Atypical systems take elements of major families of law, Roman-Germanic and Anglo-Saxon, and this creative acquisition is an evidence of harmonization of legal diversity and of unity of systems, because there is unity in diversity. Still, harmonization shouldn’t be taken for legal uniformity, because the legal world cannot be reduced to 3-4 systems of law. The existence of difference is normal and necessary, because it is an element of national identity of each system.

Keywords: legal diversity, legal systems, atypical systems of law, Scandinavian system, Japanese system, Chinese system
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