Comparativists sometimes study other comparable legal systems, hoping
to discern lessons that may then be applied to their own legal systems.
Thus, an American may become an expert on the English legal system, and
then seek to apply some aspects of that system within America. Such an
effort is generally thought to be legitimate, as both America and England
are Common Law jurisdictions. Mixed Jurisdictions are similarly studied,
often with the hope that lessons learned from those studies may be applied
to other comparable legal systems - typically other Mixed Jurisdictions.
Thus, a scholar from Sri Lanka may study the Scottish private law with a
view to employing some lesson from that study within Sri Lanka - a sister-Mixed
Jurisdiction. An American studying Mixed Jurisdictions, however,
perhaps should come from Louisiana, otherwise any applications of the
Mixed Jurisdiction jurisprudence to that scholar's home legal system may
be considered somewhat suspect. But, as this Article will show, lessons
derived from the study of Mixed Jurisdictions may, and should, be applied