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I. Introduction
(8,419 words)

Volume II: The Legal Systems of the World/Their Comparison and Unification | Chapter 3 (1984): Sources of Law

Completed in January 1981

René David

1. The object of this introduction is to detail what we intend to discuss here and to outline the plan we shall follow in our study.

A. Clarification of the Subject

2. Diverging definitions of law. – The problem of the sources of law has given rise to an abundant literature in a number of countries. The richness of the resulting bibliography does not…

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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 01 June 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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