oa Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa - Model Acts and restatements - notes on the American experience

Volume 35, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0010-4051



There are fifty states in the American federation, each with its own independent legislature and judiciary, system of law, legal profession and jurisprudence. All of this is held together by an incredibly complex system of federal law. Shortly before the turn of the 19 th century a movement developed to unify and harmonise the diverse laws of these different jurisdictions. This note chronicles the development of this movement's two main institutional vehicles, (a) the Model Act Project of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCC) and (b) the Restatement of Law Project of the American Law Institute (ALI). The author discusses the aims and problems of these two projects and assesses some of their successes and failures from a jurisprudential point of view.

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