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Mahy, Petra and Ramsay, Ian (2014) 'Legal Transplants and Adaptation in a Colonial Setting: Company Law in British Malaya.' Singapore Journal of Legal Studies, 2014 (July). pp. 123-150.

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This paper traces the development of company law during the colonial era in British Malaya, providing details on the laws of the Straits Settlements and the Federated Malay States. It also presents an account of economic development and the use of the limited liability company form in these two interlinked jurisdictions. The paper notes the lack of connection between the evolution of company law in Malaya, local economic and political developments and the actual local use of the law. We situate this material within three current debates about the nature of colonial company law: whether the law was more a product of the “transplant effect” than of legal family; whether the dispersal of company law to the colonies was as straightforward as is often assumed; and whether the law was best characterised as “imperialism”.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > School of Law
ISSN: 02182173
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2015 15:46

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