Peter Allan Memorial Lecture

Legal culture is a crucial concept in the study of law and society. Three aspects of modern legal culture are particularly salient. First, this culture puts great emphasis on fundamental human rights (and the institutions that support them). Second, this culture also stresses freedom of choice– even though, to a degree, freedom of choice is constrained by social norms. Third, in the modern world, legal cultures are strongly convergent, that is, they are growing more similar, in a globalized world. Global risks, and tradition-based backlash, however, make the future of modern legal culture problematic– or, at any rate, unpredictable.