Differencies in substantive law and procedural law between common law and civil law

This paper shall not deal with theoretical examination of differences between the common law and the civil law, but shall focus rather on various distinctive features of civil law and common law, with several illustrations of resulting differences in both substantive law and procedural law. These differences shall not be examined in detail as they should serve only as illustration of those differences. The paper does not enter into polemic as to which legal system is better and what are the advantages of common law or of civil law. The purpose of this short study shall be simply to highlight some of the main conceptual differences between common law and civil law systems.