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Comparative Law for Legal Translators


Guadalupe Soriano-Barabino

One of the central challenges facing translators of legal texts is the ability to fully understand the requirements of the various legal systems worldwide. In this respect, comparative law plays an important role in legal translation, as it allows for the identification of similarities and differences among legal systems.

While the practice of legal translation requires an excellent knowledge of comparative law for the linguistic transfer to be successful, educational institutions do not usually train their students in how to make the most of comparative law in the translation of legal texts or how to rationally solve the problems arising from the differences that inevitably exist between legal systems. After emphasizing the importance of comparative law in the field of legal translation, this volume focuses on the main concepts that characterize some of the most relevant legal systems in the world and puts theory into practice by offering some exercises on comparative law applied to translation.

This volume will be of interest to the growing number of students, teachers, professionals and researchers working in the field of legal translation.

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Chapter 3: Italy By Angela Carpi


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By Angela Carpi

Historically, Italian law is grounded in classical Roman law, as happens with the other systems belonging to the civil law tradition and as opposed to the common law tradition. As we will see below, the modern shape of Italian law is the result of several different influences (Sacco 1991), mainly French codification and German legal reasoning. But the result, nowadays, is an autonomous system with its own peculiarities and developments.

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