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Some Reflections On The Transplantation Of British Company Law In Post Ottoman Palestine, Ron Harris, Michael Crystal Jan 2008

Some Reflections On The Transplantation Of British Company Law In Post Ottoman Palestine, Ron Harris, Michael Crystal

Ron Harris

Company law is considered as a prime field for legal transplantation. Conventional wisdom is that company legislation in Palestine during the majority of the British Mandate was based on the simple importation of the English Companies Act 1929. Reliance is placed on the facts that the Palestine Companies Ordinance was enacted in the same year as the English Companies Act 1929, that the British Empire gave priority to commercial law transplantation and that the Palestine Companies Ordinance was the first in several commercial Ordinances that were considered as the climax of the legislative anglicization of Ottoman law in Mandatory Palestine ...


The Institutional Dynamics Of Early Modern Eurasian Trade: The Commenda And The Corporation, Ron Harris Dec 2007

The Institutional Dynamics Of Early Modern Eurasian Trade: The Commenda And The Corporation, Ron Harris

Ron Harris

The focus of this article is on legal-economic institutions that organized early-modern Eurasian trade. It identifies two such institutions that had divergent dispersion patterns, the corporation and the commenda. The corporation ended up as a uniquely European institution that did not migrate until the era of European colonization. The commenda that originated in Arabia migrated all the way to Western Europe and to China. The article explains their divergent dispersion based on differences in their institutional and geographical environments and on dynamic factors. It claims that institutional analysis errs when it ignores migration of institutions. It provides building blocks for ...


Putting The Corporation In Its Place, Ron Harris, Timothy Guinnane, Naomi R. Lamoreaux, Jean-Laurent Rosenthal Sep 2007

Putting The Corporation In Its Place, Ron Harris, Timothy Guinnane, Naomi R. Lamoreaux, Jean-Laurent Rosenthal

Ron Harris

This article challenges the idea that the corporation is a globally superior form of business organization and that the Anglo-American common-law is more conducive to economic development than the code-based legal systems characteristic of continental Europe. Although the corporation had important advantages over the main alternative form of organization (partnerships), it also had disadvantages that limited its appeal to small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). As a result, when businesses were provided with an intermediate choice, the private limited liability company (PLLC) that combined the advantages of legal personhood and joint stock with a flexible internal organizational structure, most chose not ...


Legal Reform And The English Industrial Revolution (In Hebrew), Ron Harris Jan 2007

Legal Reform And The English Industrial Revolution (In Hebrew), Ron Harris

Ron Harris

בשילוב מיוחד במינו של כלים הלקוחים מתחומי הכלכלה, המשפט וההיסטוריוגרפיה, בוחן רון חריס את אחת התמורות המרכזיות בתולדות המערב — המהפכה התעשייתית — ומציג תמיהה שהתעוררה בקרב חוקרים בעשורים האחרונים. דומה לכאורה, כי על אף ההתפתחויות הדרמטיות בייצור ובארגון של התעשייה והמסחר באנגליה בשלהי המאה השמונה-עשרה, לא חלו בהתאמה שינויים בחוקים הרלבנטיים ביותר להתפתחויות אלו, החוקים המסדירים את אופן הארגון של עסקים. אולם, לטענת המחבר, החוקרים שבחנו סוגיה זו חיפשו את השינויים בחוק האנגלי במקומות הלא-נכונים. התשובה לתעלומה מסתתרת לא בחקיקה של הפרלמנט ובכתיבה של בכירי המשפטנים, אלא בחקיקה ובפסיקה "מלמטה" — בדרכים שבהן הצליחו יזמים ועורכי-דין ליצור ארגונים עסקיים ממין חדש, שתאמו ...


Government And The Economy, 1688 - 1850, Ron Harris Jan 2004

Government And The Economy, 1688 - 1850, Ron Harris

Ron Harris

No abstract provided.


The Uses Of History In Law And Economics, Ron Harris Jan 2003

The Uses Of History In Law And Economics, Ron Harris

Ron Harris

During the last quarter of the twentieth century, the humanities and social sciences have turned toward history, something that culminated in the 1990s, and this phenomenon was evident in law as well. However, until recently, law and economics, the most influential post-World War II jurisprudential movement, was historical in its methodology and research agenda. The first objective of this article is to call attention to this neglected characteristic of law and economics and to explain its causes by analyzing its intellectual origins, its methodological causes, and the nature of its interaction with other sub-fields of law and of economics. The ...


Israeli Legal History: Past And Present, Ron Harris, Alexandre (Sandy) Kedar, Pnina Lahav, Asaf Likhovski Jan 2002

Israeli Legal History: Past And Present, Ron Harris, Alexandre (Sandy) Kedar, Pnina Lahav, Asaf Likhovski

Ron Harris

עוד שבתחומי חיים אחרים - בטחוניים, מדיניים, כלכליים, התיישבותיים וחברתיים - הקים היישוב היהודי בתקופת המנדט תשתית יישובית ניכרת, לקראת הרגע של הקמת המדינה, הרי שעיקר הקיים בתחום המשפטי היה מדינתי-בריטי ולא קהילתי-יהודי. אמנם התקיימו בתקופה זו מערכת משפט דתית-רבנית, "משפט שלום" עברי-לאומי וולונטרי ו"משפט חברים" הסתדרותי, אך אלו לא אומצו על-ידי הזרמים הדומיננטיים בהנהגה היישובית הציונית ולא היוו בסיס למשפט המדינה העתידה. יום העצמאות, ה' באייר תש"ח, מצא אפוא את היישוב היהודי בארץ-ישראל ללא הצעת חוקה מוסכמת, ללא נוסחי חוקים או קודים הממתינים למימוש, ללא מוסדות משפטיים משל עצמו, עם מסגרת חוקתית וחקיקתית קולוניאלית, עם בתי-משפט מנדטוריים שחדלו לתפקד ...


Legitimizing The Imprisonment Of Poor Debtors: Lawyers, Legislators, Judges, Ron Harris Jan 2002

Legitimizing The Imprisonment Of Poor Debtors: Lawyers, Legislators, Judges, Ron Harris

Ron Harris

This path-breaking collection of essays on the history of Israel from a legal perspective, brings together the work of many distinguished Israeli legal historians. It focuses primarily on the impact of colonialism, nationalism and socialism on the law of Palestine and Israel between 1917 and 1967 and the topics examined in detail include: the role of law in the shaping of mandatory society, law and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Israeli courts, the holocaust and the interaction of law and class in mandatory Palestine and Israel. The book also contains important historiographical essays by leading American legal historians, who offer reflections on ...


Between Law And History: On The Historiography Of Israeli Law (In Hebrew), Ron Harris Jan 2002

Between Law And History: On The Historiography Of Israeli Law (In Hebrew), Ron Harris

Ron Harris

No abstract provided.


Absent Minded Misses And Historical Opportunities: Jewish Law, Israeli Law And The Establishment Of The State Of Israel (In Hebrew), Ron Harris Jan 2002

Absent Minded Misses And Historical Opportunities: Jewish Law, Israeli Law And The Establishment Of The State Of Israel (In Hebrew), Ron Harris

Ron Harris

No abstract provided.


Arab Politics In A Jewish State: El - Ard Movement And The Supreme Court (In Hebrew), Ron Harris Jan 2001

Arab Politics In A Jewish State: El - Ard Movement And The Supreme Court (In Hebrew), Ron Harris

Ron Harris

No abstract provided.


Why Wasn't Imprisonment For Debt Abolished During The Era Of Domination Of The Labor Movement? (In Hebrew), Ron Harris Jan 1999

Why Wasn't Imprisonment For Debt Abolished During The Era Of Domination Of The Labor Movement? (In Hebrew), Ron Harris

Ron Harris

No abstract provided.


Political Economy, Interest Groups, Legal Institutions And The Repeal Of The Bubble Act In 1825, Ron Harris Jan 1997

Political Economy, Interest Groups, Legal Institutions And The Repeal Of The Bubble Act In 1825, Ron Harris

Ron Harris

For 105 years, beginning with the enactment of the Bubble Act in 1720, the free and spontaneous formation of joint-stock companies in England was prohibited. The only legal course of action opened to entrepreneurs seeking company formation was to first obtain specific state authorization, in the form of a charter or an act. During this period the English economy experienced unprecedented growth and substantial structural changes, which many still refer to as the industrial revolution. This legal framework of business organization seems to have formed a constraint upon the economy, inducing entrepreneurs to organize, willingly or reluctantly, in family firms ...