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Denis Galligan

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199291830

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291830.001.0001

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Legal Pluralism: Parallel Legal Orders

Legal Pluralism: Parallel Legal Orders

9 Legal Pluralism: Parallel Legal Orders
Law in Modern Society


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Through history, it could be observed that there are other kinds of law that have been influential in no small part on the formation of modern law. Such laws like Church laws and customary laws however, are, in a way, demoted to subordinate positions. International law — a fusion of customs and practices that nation states and conventions came up with and comply with — is the only form of non-state law in the ascendary. This kind of law has become the basis for international legal standards for a wide range of themes and subject matters. State law, on the other hand, can be viewed through both a descending thesis of government, and an ascending thesis of government. This chapter further explains legal pluralism as a reaction to state law that runs parallel with state law. Also, this chapter discusses how other legal orders may seem parallel and intersecting with each other.

Keywords:   legal pluralism, parallel laws, intersecting laws, state law, legal orders, international law

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