Law and geography is an emerging school of legal theory that calls attention to the centrality of space to human life and social formations, stressing therefore the importance of incorporating a spatial dimension into legal analysis. Time and space are the most elementary forms of human existence. While legal history has been a recognized field of study at least since the German jurist Friedrich Carl von Savigny (1779–1861) founded the historical school of jurisprudence, it was only recently that legal scholars began to understand the benefits accruing to legal theory from incorporating a geographical perspective into their analysis of law and legal institutions.

Historical Background

In some ways, scholars have understood law and space as influencing each other ever since the emergence of geography as a distinct ...

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