Journal of Civil Law Studies


David Marrani


Jersey, Micro-jurisdictions, Legal education in small states, Mixed-jurisdiction, Contamination, Ideology, Comparative legal education.


This article explores the question of legal education in micro jurisdictions using the case of Jersey, a British Crown Dependency, positioned geographically, historically and culturally between two larger jurisdictions, France and the UK. It analyses how Jersey’s legal training is pulled towards those large “big neighbours,” rather than focusing on what makes its specificity and attraction. It questions how legal education in micro-jurisdiction is actually linked to ideology. The article starts with the following question: are we taking micro jurisdictions seriously? It then considers the routes to legal qualification in micro jurisdictions, before focusing specifically on the case of Jersey and analysing how ideology imposes asymmetrical views on micro jurisdictions, views that ultimately may erase the legal specificity of that micro jurisdiction.

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