08 December 2014

ARTICLE ANNOUNCEMENT: "Tracing an Outline of Legal Complexity"

From: Ratio Juris, Vol. 27, Issue 4, pp. 477-495, 2014 (click here to buy this article from SSRN)
by: TOM WEBBLancaster University Law School
Email: t.webb@lancaster.ac.uk
Autopoiesis and systems theory are terms often treated as synonymous by lawyers. This sleightofphrase elides the space between autopoiesis and systems theory, removing its content. Within this eliminated space there exist numerous understandings of systems approaches in law; one such understanding is complexity theory. Complexity theory entails a very different systems view of law to that of autopoiesis. In this paper I explore the concepts of complexity and their relevance to law. In tracing an outline of complexity, a number of contradictions, paradoxes, and additional questions are exposed which require further detailed analysis in the future.

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Vernon Valentine Palmer,
Mohamed Y Mattar, and Anna Koppel (eds),

Mixed Legal Systems, East and WestAdvancing legal scholarship in the area of mixed legal systems, as well as comparative law more generally, this book expands the comparative study of the world’s legal families to those of jurisdictions containing not only mixtures of common and civil law, but also to those mixing Islamic and/or traditional legal systems with those derived from common and/or civil law traditions.

With contributions from leading experts in their fields, the book takes us far beyond the usual focus of comparative law with analysis of a broad range of countries, including relatively neglected and under-researched areas. The discussion is situated within the broader context of the ongoing development and evolution of mixed legal systems against the continuing tides of globalization on the one hand, and on the other hand the emergence of Islamic governments in some parts of the Middle East, the calls for a legal status for Islamic law in some European countries , and the increasing focus on traditional and customary norms of governance in post-colonial contexts. 

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