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This textbook aims to illuminate the context of law in Europe by exploring its various ""cultures"". Two interpretations of ""legal culture"" are considered. Firstly, as it is used in legal philosophy and legal theory - to characterize the professional administration of the law. Secondly, the legal-sociological understanding of legal culture as the sum of conditions that impinge upon the law's development and application, whether this be the procedural methods employed by institutions, the interests and professional qualities of the legal actors, or the general legal consciousness of the public. Both interpretations of ""legal culture"" lead to an understanding of law that suggests a certain scepticism regarding the expectation that Western Europe's successfully tried and tested legal models can be quickly applied to other societies as well. Like all cultural assets, law is subject to processes of adaptation and exchange - but its exportability is limited.