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The false friends problem for foreign norm transplantation in developing countries

Forsyth, Miranda; Haggart, Blayne


This article investigates the difficulties in transplanting global legal norms into developing countries, specifically the problem of 'false friends.' This is a linguistics concept describing the situation where there is a striking resemblance between two words in two different languages, leading speakers of each language to assume, incorrectly, that they understand the word's meaning in the other language. Even more problematically, the misunderstanding is hidden by the assumption of...[Show more]

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Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: Hague Journal on the Rule of Law
DOI: 10.1017/S1876404514001092
Access Rights: Open Access


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