Law embodies culture and formalises its norms while culture conditions, promotes or constrains the adoption of legal rules


Nafziger, Paterson and Renteln (2010) vividly summarize the relationship between law and culture as follows: law embodies culture and formalises its norms. Law promotes, protects, conditions, and limits cultural attributes and expressions. Law harmonises cross-cultural differences, confirms cultural rights, and establishes international standards. Culture reinforces legal rules. Culture conditions and constrains the adoption, interpretation, and vitality of legal rules. Cultural expressions and symbols promote legal relationships.

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