A Dialogue on Comparative Functionalism

Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law, Vol. 18, pp. 554-558, 2011

13 Pages Posted: 30 Nov 2011 Last revised: 10 Jan 2012

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Jan M. Smits

Maastricht University Faculty of Law - Maastricht European Private Law Institute (M-EPLI)

Jaakko Husa

University of Helsinki - Faculty of Law

Date Written: November 29, 2011

Abstract

The use of the functional method when comparing legal systems remains debated, even to such an extent that some authors have discarded functionalism as a fruitful method. The two authors of this paper ask what we can still expect from functionalism. While Husa presents an argument in favor of rule-of-thumb functionalism, Smits claims that functionalism has a bright future if it is reshaped. The authors present their arguments by way of a dialogue that was written for the ‘Legal debates’-section of the Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law.

Keywords: functionalism, comparative methodology, rules of thumb

Suggested Citation

Smits, Jan M. and Husa, Jaakko, A Dialogue on Comparative Functionalism (November 29, 2011). Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law, Vol. 18, pp. 554-558, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1965933

Jan M. Smits (Contact Author)

Maastricht University Faculty of Law - Maastricht European Private Law Institute (M-EPLI) ( email )

P.O. Box 616
Maastricht, NL-6200 MD
Netherlands

HOME PAGE: http://www.jansmits.eu

Jaakko Husa

University of Helsinki - Faculty of Law ( email )

Porthania 5th Floor
P.O. Box 4
Helsinki, FIN-0001 4
Finland

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