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The Roman empire didn't cover the known world, and not even the whole of the EU, and it didn't so much devolve as being overrun by waves of invaders that combined what they found useful in Roman law with their own traditions.

Add Christian church, renaissance, reformation, enlightenment, the growth of the modern state with its claim on monopoly on violence and then the whole messy 19th-20th century history, and yes you do end up with different legal traditions. Not least when it comes to legal interpretation. Which can easily be seen by reading articles on legal interpretation in different European languages, for example on Wikipedia.

by fjallstrom on Thu Dec 6th, 2018 at 05:56:12 PM EST
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