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German law as an export hit? That doesn’t seem very likely at first, but it is indeed the case. German civil law has been adopted by a fair number of other states.

In the following 14 countries, civil law is – at least in part – based on German jurisprudence.


  1. China
  2. Taiwan
  3. Japan
  4. Korea
  5. Thailand
  6. Brasilia
  7. Peru
  8. Poland
  9. Czech Republic
  10. Slovakia
  11. Hungary
  12. Georgian Republic (except Family and Inheritance Law)
  13. Greece
  14. Turkey

The vast export of German law is quite easy to explain. Around 1900, the German Reich was one of the countries with the most advanced social legislation in the world. Other countries therefore studied German civil law to modernize their own legislation.