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August 12, 2015


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Enrique Guerra Pujol

Professor Merryman also wrote a little book on "The Civil Law Tradition," a book I assigned to my students when I began teaching my first course on "The Evolution and Development of the Institutions of the Civil Law" in Ponce, P.R. back in 1998

Mark Levin

He also wrote fine work on the Civil Law Tradition.

I highly recommend his shorter paperback co-authored in the third edition with Rogelio Pérez-Perdomo (Stanford University Press) for my Law and Society in Japan students each year.

Even while the East Asian nations of Japan, Korea, and Taiwan are geographically far from the Civil Law tradition's Roman roots, the book provides a surprisingly quick route for Anglo-American trained lawyers to understand many key elements of those systems, and of course for understanding law on the European continent and throughout Latin America.

Each time I pick it up, I'm also always impressed by the succinctness and clarity of the writing in the text. We can all aspire to do so well.

Ann Tweedy

The description of his theory on the Elgin Marbles reminds me a bit of the European justifications for confiscating Native property in the New World a la de Vattel. I haven't read Professor Merryman's theory, but it seems to that it would often be the case that those who are trying to justify their right to property to which they do not hold title would often see themselves as being positioned to make a more beneficial use.

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