Is there uniformity in legal systems?


There is not much uniformity in legal systems historically, but modern legal systems appear relatively uniform, especially compared to more diverse historical systems. Dwarkesh Patel discusses this topic with David Friedman, who highlights the significant loss of diversity in legal systems globally. Historical legal systems varied greatly—from feud law in medieval Iceland to marketable tort claims—but today's systems across the world have largely converged, often reflecting Western legal traditions introduced during periods of colonialism and empire 1.

Additionally, whereas state legal systems may show remarkable uniformity, non-state legal systems, such as those governing universities or religious communities, still exhibit more diversity 2. This uniformity in state legal systems may be reinforced by global communication and the desire for consistency, which facilitates international trade and cooperation 3.

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