Classics in Comparative Law: An Introduction

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

23 Pages Posted: 5 Feb 2014 Last revised: 18 Mar 2014

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Tom Ginsburg

University of Chicago Law School

P. G. Monateri

SciencesPo, Ecole de Droit; University of Turin - Faculty of Law

Francesco Parisi

University of Minnesota - Law School; University of Bologna

Date Written: February 4, 2014

Abstract

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?

Keywords: legal families, comparative legal systems, legal evolution

JEL Classification: K00, K01

Suggested Citation

Ginsburg, Tom and Monateri, Pier Giuseppe and Parisi, Francesco, Classics in Comparative Law: An Introduction (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. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2390695

Tom Ginsburg

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Pier Giuseppe Monateri

SciencesPo, Ecole de Droit ( email )

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University of Turin - Faculty of Law ( email )

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Francesco Parisi (Contact Author)

University of Minnesota - Law School ( email )

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Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

University of Bologna ( email )

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40126 Bologna, fc 47100
Italy

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