In 1950, the American Foreign Law Association (AFLA), centered in New York City and consisting primarily of practicing attorneys, decided to broaden the scope of comparative law in the United States. Many of the members of the AFLA who were affiliated with law schools believed that comparative law needed an organization, principally of law school sponsors, that could support a quality journal dedicated to the subject and similar to those in France, Germany, Great Britain, and Italy. Since the United States did not have a funded institute or center of comparative law like that in Berlin or Paris, Americans would need to invent the functional equivalent. That entity would be the American Association for the Comparative Study of Law (AACSL), whose directors filed its certificate ...

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