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date: 15 December 2017

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Latin American law has largely been neglected by mainstream comparative law. The presumed ‘familiarity’ and the consequent perception of Latin American law as lacking sufficient originality, or rather exoticism, may explain why comparative works have often dedicated considerably more attention to Islamic, Hindu, and East-Asian law. The topics of both Latin American law as the object of comparative law, and comparative law as a subject in Latin American jurisprudence, have remained in the shade with the result that they have become battlegrounds for influence and domination. This article aims to provide a rough sketch of the development of comparative law in Latin America and its significance for, and impact on, the legal systems of the Latin American countries today.

Keywords: Latin American law, legal systems, comparative law, jurisprudence

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