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Outside of the UK and Ireland (Malta and Cyprus having a mixed system), all other European countries operate a Civil law system.

In a supranational legal system European Union law has direct and indirect effect in the EU Member States (currently 28 European countries). It is based on the EU Treaties which regulate that some provisions apply directly (e.g. Regulations and Decisions) and some have to be implemented in the Member States’ national law within a pre-defined period of time (i.e. Directives). The Court of Justice of the European Union ensures the uniform application and interpretation of European Union Law and that the Member States comply with their obligations under the Treaties.

The Russian Federation is a federal semi-presidential republic. It is the 11th largest economy in the world. It comprises 85 ''subjects of the federation” grouped into seven federal districts which are administered by a Presidential appointee. Russia has a developing legal services market with Moscow at its centre. The Russian legal system is based on the Civil Law tradition.

The law in Africa contrasts common law, customary law, civil law and religious legal systems. It has been shaped by European law. For example, the South African legal system is based largely on Dutch law and English Common law.

Australia operates on a common law system. All States and territories of Australia that are self-governing are separate jurisdictions with their own courts and parliaments. The systems of laws in each state are influential on each other, but not binding. Laws passed by the Parliament of Australia apply to the whole of Australia.

Chinese law is derived from the German system and adopts civil law. This was adopted following the Revolution of 1911. The establishment of the People's Republic of China in 1949 led to the adoption of a Soviet-influenced system of socialist law. The present legal system of the People's Republic of China began developing in the late 1970's. In recent years, China has begun to adopt some principles and institutions along the lines of a common law system.

The law of Hong Kong is based on the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary. The constitutional framework for the legal system is provided by the Hong Kong Basic Law. Under the principle of ‘one country, two systems’, the legal framework of Hong Kong is based on the English common law and increasingly laws of other jurisdictions, such as Australia, supplemented by local legislation. The statute law is collected in a compilation called the Laws of Hong Kong. As a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, the Hong Kong legal system is significantly different from that from the People’s Republic of China (PRC). However, a small number of PRC laws apply in Hong Kong. The separation of Hong Kong law from the PRC is guaranteed constitutionally until at 2047.

Hong Kong’s legal system is based on common law principles and statute. It resembles closely the law of England and Wales.

Japan has a civil law system which is based on Germany’s legal system. The legal market is centred in Tokyo, also the location for Japan’s highest court, the Supreme Court.

Singapore follows a common law system based on the English system. Key areas of law – particularly administrative law, contract law, equity and trust law, property law and tort law – are largely judge-made, though certain aspects have now been modified to some extent by statutes.

The legal system in India is largely based on English common law. During the drafting of the Indian Constitution, laws from Ireland, the United States, Britain, and France were synthesized to create a bespoke set of Indian laws.

The law of Malaysia is mainly based on the common law legal system. The supreme law of the land is the Constitution of Malaysia. Federal laws are enacted by a Parliament with Legislative Assemblies legislating for particular states.

The Philippines operates a civil law system and adopts the system of codification of laws which is common to countries governed by civil law.

New Zealand follows a common law system. The primary sources of New Zealand law are statutes enacted by the New Zealand Parliament and decisions of the New Zealand Courts. At a more fundamental level, the law of New Zealand is based on three related principles: parliamentary sovereignty; the rule of law; and the separation of powers.

The law of the United States consists of many levels of codified and uncodified forms of law, of which the most important is the United States Constitution, the foundation of the federal government of the United States. The Constitution sets out the boundaries of federal law, which consists of constitutional acts of Congress, constitutional treaties ratified by Congress, constitutional regulations promulgated by the executive branch, and case law originating from the federal judiciary.

The Canadian legal system has its foundation in the British common law system with the exception of Quebec where a civil system is retained for issues of private law. Both legal systems are subject to the Constitution of Canada.

Argentina is a federal country with a constitution loosely similar to that of the US. Its legal system is based on a civil law system which is a mixture of US and Western European systems.

Brazil is a federal presidential republic. Its legal system is mainly derived from Portuguese civil law and based on statute.

Mexico is a federal country whose legal system has historically been influenced by the legal systems of Spain, France, and the United States. The hierarchy of sources of law in Mexico’s civil law system are constitution, legislation, regulation and custom.

UAE

Member of the GCC – with civil law which was based on Egyptian law but inspired by Sharia concepts. Has separate national level Federal Law – and law of the 7 individual Emirates which include Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. There is some left over legislation from the time of the British protectorate in the 1940/50s originally published in the Persian Gulf Gazette. Within the UAE there are also numerous freezones including the DIFC – which have their own legislative system based on commonwealth and courts run by a mixture of commonwealth and local judges.

Qatar

Important financial centre. Member of the GCC – with civil law based on Egyptian law but inspired by Sharia concepts. Includes a well-known freezone – called the QFC which uses an adaption of commonwealth law and has courts run by a mixture of commonwealth and local judges. QFC cases are enforceable in Qatar and the QFC courts offer themselves as a location for international commercial disputes. We have coverage of the business laws of this jurisdiction, the free zone cases and legislation – and are currently building a full set of legislation.

Saudi Arabia

Member of the GCC but with a Sharia based system. In recent years has set up industrial zones.

Oman

Member of the GCC but less financially developed than the other states – has civil law based on Egyptian law but inspired by Sharia concepts. There is some left over legislation from the time of the British protectorate in the 1940/50s originally published in the Persian Gulf Gazette.

Kuwait

Member of the GCC but less financially developed than the other states – has civil law based on Egyptian law but inspired by Sharia concepts. There is some left over legislation from the time of the British protectorate in the 1940/50s originally published in the Persian Gulf Gazette.

Bahrain

Member of the GCC – and an active financial services centre. Whereas other gulf states are using the commonwealth law arbitration model, it has tied up with the American AAA and is using its arbitration model to market itself as an arbitration freezone. Cases at its international arbitration centre – can also be heard under Bahrain law and ratified by the Bahrain courts – which helps make them recognised in other GCC states. There is some left over legislation from the time of the British protectorate in the 1940/50s originally published in the Persian Gulf Gazette

Egypt

Civil legislation inspired by Sharia – commentary from this jurisdiction is particularly important as most GCC countries copied the Egyptian codes and put them into their legislation – and Egyptian judges work in GCC courts. Also has an active international arbitration centre – which has maintained its business through recent political problems. At present political unrest has disrupted the legislative process – and many earlier laws are being cancelled.

Lebanon

Highly developed civil legislation – following the code format. Many local lawyers are trained in France – and terminology, legal concepts etc in Lebanese law often come from French law.

Region Information
Middle East
  • Lexis Middle East Law provides fully consolidated primary law content in Arabic and English for the UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman and Lebanon
  • Thousands of case summaries and full text judgments from the UAE Courts, DIFC Court and Qatar International Court & Dispute Resolution Centre
  • Wide range of legal commentary and journal articles covering the Middle East and North Africa
  • Practical guidance for UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, Egypt, Lebanon and Iran with Getting the Deal Through® guides
  • Corporate Counsel Advisor - answers to common questions faced by lawyers working in the region across a range of practice areas including: arbitration, employment, real estate, oil and gas, shipping, construction and project finance
  • Lexis Middle East Law Alert magazine and a daily legal news service
  • Partnership with SADER Legal Publishing - the leading Arab law publishing house in the Middle East

 

Africa
  • Primary law content for The Gambia, Ghana, Grenada (West Indies), Mauritius, Nigeria, Saint Vincent & The Grenadines (West Indies) and South Africa
  • The Law of South Africa (LAWSA) online - an encyclopedia of South African law with over 150 titles
  • The 'Current Law' service provides an updating service for all the latest legislative, jurisprudential, administrative and academic developments in South African law
  • Practical guidance with LexisNexis South Africa Practical Guidance covering Income Tax and Labour Law, with modules on Business Law, Civil Procedure and Family Law soon to launch
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China
  • Primary law content online in local language and English. Contains over 1 million documents comprising laws, regulations and all legal news across general and specialist areas including Corporate, Corporate Securities, Employment, Energy, Environment, Foreign Investment, IP, Mergers & Acquisitions and Tax
  • Practical guidance with Getting the Deal Through® guides

 

 

Japan
  • Primary law content online in local language. Cases, commentaries and codes regularly updated
  • Practical guidance with Getting the Deal Through® guides

 

 

India
  • Primary law content and commentary including Halsbury's Laws online
  • Analytical commentary includes Tannan on Banking law, Ramaiya on Companies, Basu on Constitution, Datta on Company Law, Sarkar on Evidence and the Ratan Lal and Dhiraj Lal Law series
  • Practical guidance with Getting the Deal Through® guides

 

 

Singapore
  • Primary law content and online analytical and practical commentary including Halsbury's Laws, Woon's Corporation Law of Singapore and Atkins Court Forms
  • Practical guidance across 15 topics with Getting the Deal Through® guides

 

Hong Kong
  • LexisNexis® Hong Kong provides coverage of commentaries, cases, legislation and forms covering Hong Kong
  • Exclusive sources include Halsbury's Laws of Hong Kong, Annotated Ordinances of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Cases, Casebase Hong Kong, The Laws of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents, Hong Kong Civil Court Practice
  • Premium practice area modules include Commercial Law, Land and Conveyancing, Tax and Accounting, IP, Litigation and Criminal Law
  • LexisNexis® Hong Kong will launch practical guidance modules on Corporate Law and Employment Law in 2014
  • Practical guidance with Getting the Deal Through® guides

 

 

Malaysia
  • Primary law content and commentary including Halsbury's Laws online
  • Practical guidance with Getting the Deal Through® guides

 

 

Thailand
  • Practical guidance across 14 topics with Getting the Deal Through® guides

 

 

Australia
  • Primary law content and commentary including Halsbury's Laws online
  • LawNow Legislation covers full text Australian legislation from 1996 to the present day. New legislation is added within 6-72 hours of being passed through parliament, ensuring highly current information
  • LexisNexis® Unreported Judgments provide the latest case law imperative to your current case and gives you a remarkable archive from all levels of courts. All High Court cases are added within 24 hours, all Supreme Court cases within 48 hours and selected District Court cases within 96 hours
  • Australian Current Law delivers fast, complete notification and comprehensive digests of all superior court cases and legislative changes and also functions as the updater to Halsbury's Laws of Australia
  • Australian Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents
  • Commentary, precedents and forms from all Australian jurisdictions, across a wide range of the non-litigious areas
  • Halsbury's Laws of Australia: comprehensive legal encyclopedia with 89 titles covering mainstream and little known subject areas
  • LexisNexis Australia provides practical guidance through LexisNexis®Practical Guidance. Modules include Business Law, Consumer, Corporations, Employment, Family Law, General Counsel, Personal Injury NSW, Property, Succession and Work Health and Safety Law. PPS and Immigration modules will launch shortly
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New Zealand
  • Primary law content and commentary including The Laws of New Zealand online (the equivalent of Halsbury's Laws)
  • Practical guidance through LexisNexis® Practical Guidance modules, including Business Law, Criminal Law, Employment Law, Employment Law for Business, Family Law, Resource Management Law and Trust Law. In-House Counsel and Family Dispute Resolution modules launching shortly
  • Practical guidance with Getting the Deal Through® guides

 

 

Europe
  • LexisNexis UK provides access to comprehensive primary legislation and case law databases; premier analytical content from Butterworths and Tolley brands, such as Company Law in Europe, and an extensive range of up- to- the minute news and business titles
  • Practical guidance through Lexis®PSL in the form of drafting notes, precedents, current awareness, cases digests and commentary
  • Practical guidance with Getting the Deal Through® guides
  • EU Tracker: Tracks the implementation of key EU Directives across 12 practice areas in over 20 Member States, providing a gateway to EU Law (primary, secondary, materials and case law) and keeping customers up to date on EU affairs with its newsletter and alerts
  • EU Tax Cases Tracker: Tracks tax cases through the EU Court of Justice system and their potential impact in the United Kingdom. Includes commentary from renowned experts and provides European tax current awareness and access to EU cases
  • LexisNexis Austria: Provides primary and secondary EU and national legislation. Also LexisNexis Austria publishes news, journals, abstracts, commentary and email alerts with a strong heritage in the area of tax law and accountancy (available in German)
  • LexisNexis France provides legislation, case law and practical guidance online through LexisNexis® JurisClasseur and Lexis®360. The service provides direct access to all JurisClasseur encyclopedias and collections covering current French and European Union law (available in French)
  • LexisNexis Poland provides Polish primary law and case law online through Lexis.pl and LexPolonica legal information system. Further features of Lexis.pl and LexPolonica include trustworthy commentary by respected authors as well as consolidated versions of EU legislation (in Polish). Also embedded in the system are a convenient current awareness tool and a rich selection of agreement forms.
  • LexisNexis Italy offers primary legislation and case law online through Giuffrè Editore

 

 

Russian Federation
  • Primary law content with Parts I and IV of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation. Part I speaks to foundations of the Civil Legislation, civil law relations, civil rights and obligations, individuals and legal entities, transactions, the right of ownership, and agreements. Part IV –divided into four online sources - provides the laws of advertising, patent, copyright and trademarks
  • Practical guidance with Getting the Deal Through® guides

 

 

Latin America
  • Practical guidance across Latin America including Argentina, Columbia and Mexico with Getting the Deal Through® guides covering over key 32 topics ranging from Air Transport to Vertical Agreements

 

 

Canada
  • Quicklaw service provides access to the most comprehensive collection available of case law (full-text court and tribunal decisions and case law summaries), legislation, exclusive current awareness services, and expert commentary
  • QuickCITE™ Case Citator offers comprehensive case history and treatment coverage across all primary law content
  • Halsbury's Laws of Canada provides the authoritative exposition of Canadian Judicial and Statute-Based Law
  • Key commentary such as Canadian Civil Procedure Law and other authoritative legal analysis comes from leading legal authorities in their fields
  • Canadian product has a bilingual interface and both French and English content is included
  • Practical guidance on Insolvency & Restructuring from Lexis Practice Advisor℠ Canada with more modules to launch shortly
  • Practical guidance with Getting the Deal Through® guides

 

 

Argentina
  • Legislation and Regulations across a range of practice areas (archive material)
  • Practical guidance with Getting the Deal Through® guides

 

 

Brazil
  • Legislation (legislaceo) including the Brazilian Civil Code in English and O Código Civil Brasileiro Em Inglês
  • Practical guidance with Getting the Deal Through® guides

 

 

Mexico
  • Gazeta Oficial (Official Gazette); Jurisprudencia (Case Law ); Legislacion (Legislation and Regulations) across a range of practice areas; Doctrina y Referencia (Doctrine and Reference) and Archivos (Archive)
  • Practical guidance with Getting the Deal Through® guides

 

 

USA
  • Primary law - Legislation: LexisNexis® offers a complete collection of federal and state statutes with "Official Publisher" status in 17 jurisdictions
  • Primary law - case law including the largest online collection of current head noted and Shepardizedcase law; The USCS and Lawyer's Edition for Supreme Court decisions are LexisNexis® exclusive
  • Premier analytical content and practice guides from brands such as Matthew Bender® and current awareness from brands such as Mealey's® and Law 360
  • Practical guidance via LexisNexis® Practice Advisor. Modules include Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities & Capital Markets, Financial Restructuring & Bankruptcy, Corporate Counsel, California, Business & Commercial. Banking & Finance, Employment and Financial Services will launch shortly
  • Practical guidance with Getting the Deal Through® guides

 

 

Caribbean
  • Access to key case law and judgments including The Law Reports of the Bahamas, The West Indian Law Reports and Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court Reports. Also included are The Laws of Grenada, The Laws of St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Commentary and practical guidance in The Caribbean Civil Court Practice
  • Practical guidance with Getting the Deal Through® guides

 

 

Philippines
  • Philippines Online resource via a third party, a comprehensive compilation of legislative enactments, executive and administrative issuances, Supreme Court practice issuances, international treaties and decisions from the Supreme Court from 1901 to present
  • Practical guidance with Getting the Deal Through® guides

 

 

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