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These texts are all tremendous achievements in their own right. The CISG, especially, is a monumental achievement, testifying to the increasing willingness of modern nations to cooperate toward a unification of commercial law.
A consequence of this tension has been that the texts are full of compromises between the two systems. The excessiveness of these compromises has resulted in confusion and lessened effectiveness of the resultant provisions. The international effort at a unifying law of contracts is therefore at a relative impasse because of this tension between the two systems.
Suggesting the solution to this tension is the purpose of this article. That is, this article seeks to determine, between the two great and dominant legal systems of the world -- the common law and the civil law -- which of the two is more workable as the model on which any future regime of international contracts law should be based.
For reasons I shall expound, I believe that in this narrow sense, the civil law may prove a more pragmatic and politically expedient solution to this dilemma.
It will also provide a comprehensive historical overview and basic description of both the common law system and the civil law system. Particular emphasis is placed on the civil law. Section III describes the perceived need for an international law of contracts, the history of the efforts to attain such a regime, and the problem of uniform international interpretation of the current such law, the Convention for the International Sale of Goods CISG.
The effects of having participating nations from both legal systems is also discussed. Section IV asserts that a civil law model would provide a more pragmatic and efficacious solution for a future international contracts code, for the following reasons: Section V presents a brief conclusion.
Section V, therefore, concludes by recommending that any future attempt at promulgation of a comprehensive international commercial code be done in the form of a civil code.
Included among these systems are very regionalized, [page ] indigenous systems of customary law, and also various types of religious law. In another important respect, however, there have really developed only two major, dominant systems of legal structure -- the civil law and the common law.
That the civil law and the common law are the dominant world legal systems is immediately apparent from an observation of the statistics of the number of nations adhering to each of the respective systems.
The University of Ottawa has assembled helpful information in this regard. Civil law,  Common law,  Customary law,  and Muslim [page ] law. All but three  of the one hundred ninety-one nations of the world [page ] have some form of either civil law or common law.
Common law exclusive of any Civil Lawwhether in "pure" or "mixed" form, is utilized by some fifty-one nations, or Such a Common Law-Civil Law blended legal system is utilized by some twenty-two nations, or For this reason, I have formulated my thesis so as to constrain myself to an observation of which of these two dominant legal system models -- Common Law or Civil Law -- is more suited to serve the needs of the international community in the form of a new, global commercial system.
This is with all due respect for the localized indigenous practices which comprise the various Customary Laws and certainly also with due respect for the religious-based legal systems such as Muslim Law and Talmudic Law.
In fact, these systems will almost certainly continue to have a sweeping influence. Historical Roots As I assume that much of my audience consists of common law lawyers, any explanation of the common law system need not be [page ] overly comprehensive. Nevertheless, a few comments are in order, for purposes of a later comparison with essential components of the Civil Law system.
It is generally accepted that the Common Law system originated in England. At least parts of the British territory were, at one time, part of the Roman Empire. Land was the sole source of substance and the sole condition of wealth.
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