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Law and the Economy in Colonial India$
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Tirthankar Roy and Anand V. Swamy

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226387642

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226387789.001.0001

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The Process of Legislation, 1772–1857

The Process of Legislation, 1772–1857

(p.10) Two The Process of Legislation, 1772–1857
Law and the Economy in Colonial India

Tirthankar Roy

Anand V. Swamy

University of Chicago Press

Between 1765 and 1818, the British East India Company came into possession of more than half of the Indian subcontinent, and by 1858, this territory was taken over by the Crown. This chapter describes the evolution of the British Indian judicial system during these years. The legal framework that the Company instituted in India was modelled on a set of codes derived from Hindu or Islamic scriptures. By 1857, the general sentiment was that lex loci could not be constructed on the foundation of religion, as scriptures as well as British ideas about Indian society were often at odds with the reality of the dispute in the court-room.

Keywords:   East India Company, lex loci, Islamic scriptures, codes

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