Legislation’s Culture by Richard K. Neumann :: SSRN

American statutes can seem like labyrinthine mazes when compared to some countries’ legislation. French codes are admired for their intellectual elegance and cl

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The 1804 Code had 2,281 articles. As of 1995, 1,052 had been amended and 274 new articles had been added. But 1,229 articles — 53% of the 1804 Code — had not been changed in any way during 191 years. French “judges have been able, since 1804, to apply the rules of the Code civil to millions of individual cases . . . without significant difficulty.”

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