The aim of this article is to give an account of legal families as a comparative law approach and as a classification of legal systems. The text discusses especially the future of legal families. The article begins with a short review of macro-comparative law’s basic approaches and concepts. It then considers the past and present of the basic notions of macro-comparative law, focusing on the classification of legal families and the recent critique of them. Finally, this article examines the new roles of legal families and, in particular, it addresses the possible future utility of legal family as a basic notion and as an approach in macro-comparative law.
This article begins with discussions of what constitutional law is and general views on the place of constitutional law. It then considers the role of constitutional law versus ordinary law, and the political process that makes and executes it in certain specific and contested areas. In particular, it discusses rights protection and the structure of government; private law and the conduct of private individuals; and entitlements to state protection and socio-economic benefits.