The Italian Law Journal | ItaLJ


Hybridizations, Contaminations, Triangulations: 
Itineraries in Comparative Law Through the Legal Systems of Italy and Japan

edited by Giorgio F. Colombo


Legal Systems and Legal Families:
Italy and Japan in Comparative Perspective

by Andrea Ortolani

This article analyses the role and the significance of taxonomies in modern comparative law, taking the classification of Italy and Japan as examples.
The first part explains the concepts and purposes of taxonomies in science and in comparative law.
The second part analyses the reasons why Italy and Japan are often classified as civil law countries as well as the significance for comparative law scholars and Japanese law specialists in particular of calling Japan a civil law country.
The final part reviews the latest trends in taxonomic projects in comparative law and offers legal taxonomic pluralism as an approach to mitigate the problem of contradictory taxonomies.


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