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“Did God say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree of the garden’?”* Rethinking the “Fruits of the Poisonous Tree” in Israeli Constitutional Law

Mohammed Saif-Alden Wattad**

(2005) Oxford U Comparative L Forum 5 at | How to cite this article

You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.***

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A Note on Comparative Family Law: Problems, Perspectives, Issues and Politics

David Bradley*

(2005) Oxford U Comparative L Forum 4 at | How to cite this article


Many comparatists view family law as an impenetrable and unproductive field of legal policy. This perspective invariably draws on Montesquieu and the argument that there are particularly close ties between a system of family law and the jurisdiction in which it has developed and operates. Consequently, there is no incentive to develop a method for comparative analysis in this field. This negative position has been challenged on a variety of grounds: that family laws can operate as legal transplants; that legal policy in different jurisdictions is converging; or that family law can be treated as well as classified as ‘private law’ and affects only parties to domestic relationships. This note reviews the opposing positions and outlines supporting evidence. It provides a perspective on comparative family law to resolve the controversy referred to above. The central argument is that a system of family law operates as a component of political economy and is conditioned by political culture and processes. These inter-related concepts provide a framework and basis for comparative analysis of family laws.

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