Common law

Common law today forms the basis of many legal systems worldwide, especially of those countries that formed part of the ertswhile British empire. However, this was never a simple case of transferring a set of laws overseas, among other things because common law traditionally defined itself by principles, precedents and procedures – not a written legal code. This system underwent very important transformations, through the decisions of colonial judges, colonial and imperial legislation, and the recognition of other sources of law.