Gary Bell, ‘The Civil Law, the Common Law, and the English Language – Challenges and Opportunities in Asia’

ABSTRACT
This article addresses three questions. First, what is the effect on the civil law in Asia of young (and old) academics adopting English, the language of the common law, as a second language – rather than a civil law language, either a Continental European language (French, German etc), or another Asian civil law language (Japanese, Chinese etc)? Second, what is the effect on the civil law of civil law jurists pursuing their graduate studies not only in English but also in common law jurisdictions, rather than in civil law jurisdictions and returning home to become academics or practicing lawyers in civil law jurisdictions? Finally, since English is the lingua franca of civil law jurists in Asia, how can we adapt English to the civil law so as to make English one of our civil law languages?

Gary F Bell, The Civil Law, the Common Law, and the English Language – Challenges and Opportunities in Asia, Asian Journal of Comparative Law. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/asjcl.2019.22. Published online by Cambridge University Press: 29 July 2019.

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