Southeast Asian Legal Research Guide: Introduction to the Philippines & its Legal System

The Philippine legal system is a mixture of customary usage, Roman (civil law) and Anglo-American (common law) systems, and Islamic law. The legal system is the result of the immigration of Muslim Malays in the fourteenth century and the subsequent colonisation of the islands by Spain and the United States. The civil law operates in areas such as family relations, property, succession, contract and criminal law while statutes and principles of common law origin are evident in such areas as constitutional law, procedure, corporations law, taxation, insurance, labour relations, banking and currency.

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  • English
  • Anti-corruption
  • Laws and regulations
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  • Philippines
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Author (individual) Robin Gardner
Publisher The University of Melbourne website
Publication date 2020
Pagination Website link
Keywords Legal research guide,Legal systems,Rule of law,General country information,Philippines
Date uploaded August 10, 2020, 14:55 (UTC)
Date modified August 12, 2020, 02:22 (UTC)