Differences in legal systems North and South pose challenges for unification, report says (via Irish Times)

Researchers find legal border ‘in the mind’ as significant as that on the ground

Differences between the legal systems North and South pose significant challenges for Irish unification, according to a cross-Border research project. Noting there is “remarkably little” cross-reference between lawyers, legislators, policymakers, academics and judges in both jurisdictions, the report of the North South Legal Mapping Project observed: “The legal border in the mind is as significant as the legal border on the ground.”

It urged more coming together of judges, lawyers, academics and people from all sectors of society North and South with a view to broadening knowledge and greater mutual understanding.

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