Customary Law

Customary law is recognized, not because it is backed by the power of some strong individual or institution, but because each individual recognizes the benefits of behaving in accordance with other individuals' expectations, given that others also behave as he expects. Private property rights and the rights of individuals are likely to constitute the most important primary rules of conduct in such legal systems.

Usually, such a system is regulated on a tight-knit community basis, requiring everyone's need to be addressed and rules be put in place for the good of the whole. Customary is particularly effective in smaller groups, losing credibility with being able to keep in check a much larger population.