The effective development and operation of the law faces many obstacles. Among the more
intractable yet hidden barriers to the law are legal cultural disconnects and discontinuities.
These occur when opposing legal cultural characteristics from different legal cultures
are forced to interact as part of the implementation of the law across two different
legal cultures. This conflictual interaction can impede or block the success of that law.
While present in domestic legal systems, these conflicts are more likely, and may be
deeper, between the many different legal cultures involved in the international legal
order. Identification of such legal cultural disconnects and discontinuities is the first
step towards developing strategies to ameliorate potential conflicts between opposing
legal cultural characteristics. This identification requires the examination of the relevant
legal systems with legal culture in mind-a legal cultural analysis. However, this methodology
is rarely employed. To the extent that we do see legal cultural analyses, they are
applied almost exclusively in the domestic arena. When it is applied across legal systems,
it becomes a part of comparative law methodology. This merger of comparative law and
legal cultural approaches is unusual, indeed almost unheard of in the international legal
arena. This article explores this methodology and argues that it is possible and valuable.