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Dimitrios Koukiadis

Abstract

Legal transplantation has been a powerful process for a ‘foreign’ legal rule or an entire legal system to be either imposed or to be‘willingly’ applied to the recipient legal system. This practice has been present for centuries and is perhaps a reason for the establishment of highly sophisticated legal systems from Roman law to the European Union’s legal order. Legal transplantation has given birth to the concept of mixed legal systems based on the symbiosis of, in most cases, civil and common law rules. Cyprus is a unique amalgamation of legal cultures that transcend the traditional boundaries of civil and common law jurisprudence. Thus, the concept of ‘hybridity’ comes into the foreground aiming at analyzing and, perhaps, solving the problems we are facing in our attempt to bridge the gap between civil and common law, state and non-state norms, positive and natural law, legal centralization and
normative polycentricity.

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Keywords

legal transplantation, mixed legal systems, positive/natural law, Cyprus’ legal tradition, European Union law, globalization, hybridity

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