Classics in Comparative Law: An Introduction
University of Chicago Law School
P. G. Monateri
SciencesPo, Ecole de Droit; Law School, University of Torino (Italy); University of Turin, Faculty of Law
University of Minnesota - Law School; University of Bologna
February 4, 2014
Tom Ginsburg, Pier Giuseppe Monateri and Francesco Parisi (eds.), Classics in Comparative Law (3 volumes), Edward Elgar (2014), Forthcoming
Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 14-09
Legal scholars often criticize comparative law for being an overreaching discipline, lacking a coherent methodology and a well-defined domain. Nevertheless, there remains something exciting and potentially enlightening about comparative law. In these 3 volumes, we present a selection of 77 articles and essays that in our view illustrates the importance of comparative legal analysis. We survey, in a necessarily selective and incomplete way, the modern era of comparative law, beginning in the late 19th century. In this introduction, we summarize many of the themes in the collection, with special attention to three enduring questions in the field: how do law and legal systems develop? How do we understand variation? And why should we care?
Number of Pages in PDF File: 23
Keywords: legal families, comparative legal systems, legal evolution
JEL Classification: K00, K01Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: February 5, 2014 ; Last revised: March 18, 2014
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