Comparative Law in a Time of Nativism

32 Pages Posted: 5 Mar 2018

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Margaret Woo

Northeastern University - School of Law

Date Written: 2018


Pressures of globalization have strained population movements, restructured markets have led to widening economic divides, and terrorism has redefined national borders and identity. What we have seen in response is a rise in nationalism, nativism and in the extreme cases, isolationism. This inward turn seems to be true at least in the U.S. and in China. This turning inward presents a challenge to those of us who work in and champion the cause of comparative law, since comparative studies by its nature urges us to turn our gaze outward. This article examines what the turn to nativism means for the field of comparative law and methodology, and how we as comparativists can combat this trend.

Keywords: Comparative Law, Nativism, Globalization

Suggested Citation

Woo, Margaret, Comparative Law in a Time of Nativism (2018). Hastings International and Comparative Law Review, Vol. 41, No. 1, pp. 1-41 (2018); Northeastern University School of Law Research Paper No. 319-2018. Available at SSRN:

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