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I. Introduction
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Volume II: The Legal Systems of the World/Their Comparison and Unification | Chapter 2 (1974): Structure and the Divisions of the Law

René David1

1. Purpose of this chapter. – Chapter 1 of this volume has shown that people in different countries have different ideas of how to organize human relations, and of how to use law to this end. In some places law is regarded as a model code of behaviour, in others as an instrument of compulsion. In some places it is mainly a matter of procedure, in others it consists principally of…

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René David, “I. Introduction”, in: International Encyclopedia of Comparative Law Online, Edited by: U. Drobnig, R. David, H. H. Egawa, R. Graveson, V. Knapp, A. T. Von Mehren, Y. Noda, S. Rozmaryn, V. M. Tschchikvadze, H. Valladão, H. Yntema, K. Zweigert. Consulted online on 20 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2018

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