It has never ceased to amaze me how many “experts” there are who work in the “justice sector” field, who are woefully unaware as to what the different legal systems are in the international arena. The problem is that, with JSSP-type programs, not only should the “technical experts” know their subject well, but those who administer the programs (i.e., those involved in the management/operational/business side of the program) need to have an understanding of what the subject matter entails. It takes a good professional to be willing to understand what the technical side of the project really involves.
As of 2011, the US Department of State relied on the below map to show what the legal systems of the world were. I always liked the visual simplicity of this map.
Equally so, the simplicity of the summary of Civil and Common Law systems below helps anyone, lawyer and non-lawyer alike, to understand the significance of the map above.
Although a bit old, this State Department guide gives the reader a sense of the scope and breadth of what the US Government has been doing in the JSSP world: INL Guide to Justice Sector Assistance. I found this guide quite useful, through the years.