International law is a combination of rules, regulations and customs that govern the legal interactions and relations between nations.  Business, for example, is colloquially considered international law when the commercial dealings between two parties cross borders.

Understanding international law can be quite complex for those who have not been exposed to the international system.  This is because the legal framework of each country differs in custom, type and efficacy.  Generally, though, the international legal system is divided into two types, depending on the country: the common law or the civil law.

Common law countries primarily use published legal opinions (case law) of prior courts to guide their legal decisions.  In other words, the common law system is a system of precedence.  However, when the legislature enacts a statute that uproots the common law, it is up to the judges to interpret the meaning of the statute and apply it to the facts.

On the contrary, civil law is largely based on an exhaustive list of statutes and codes that judges must follow.  To that effect, case law in the civil system is inferior to what is found in the code.  The opinions of other judges do not matter as precedence is near non-existent in civil law.  Naturally, the role of judges is much more restricted than in that of the common law system.

This cultural divide between civil and common law systems must be understood to competently provide legal solutions to transnational legal issues.  Iacone Law, P.A. will fluently serve your international needs, ambitions and expectations and act as a legal guide to your cross border matters.  Understanding the nuances of foreign business culture and climate allows the attorney to properly implement, with confidence, the transnational legal solution best suited for the issue.

After all, it only makes sense that the attorney best suited to handle your international matter is one that has lived, worked, and studied internationally.  Navigating the multicultural and multilingual world platform calls for an attorney who has stood there before.


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