Comparative Law

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Comparative Law - Research Guide International Law

Comparative Law is the study of the relationship between legal systems or between rules of more than one system, their differences and similarities. Comparative Law is a method of comparing legal systems, and such comparison produces results relating to the different legal cultures being analysed. Comparative Law also plays a role in a better understanding of foreign legal systems. In this age of globalization and the complexity and intertwinement of international public and private law, it plays an increasing important role in international harmonization and unification of laws, thereby leading to more international cooperation and a better world order. Legislators increasingly make use of foreign law in drafting new legislation and in more and more countries courts draw inspiration from abroad as well. The increasing importance of comparing legal systems is true not only for the academic discipline of Comparative Law as such (where the focus is usually on methodology), but also for specific areas of law.

This Research Guide is intended as a starting point for research on Comparative Law. It provides the basic legal materials available in the Peace Palace Library, both in print and electronic format. Handbooks, leading articles, bibliographies, periodicals, serial publications and documents of interest are presented in the Selective Bibliography section. Links to the PPL Catalogue are inserted. The Library's classification index code 347. Comparative Law in General and subject heading (keyword) Comparative Law are instrumental for searching through the Catalogue. Special attention is given to our subscriptions on databases, e-journals, e-books and other electronic resources. Finally, this Research Guide features links to relevant websites and other online resources of particular interest.

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1. Le Maghreb, l'Occident arabe
Le Maghreb, l'Occident arabe / sous la direction de Didier Baisset. - Perpignan : Presses universitaires de Perpignan ; Toulouse : Presses de l'Université Toulouse 1 Capitole, 2011. - 2 volumes. ; 21 cm. - (Revue franco-maghrébine de droit, ISSN 1249-9854 ; no. 18-19) At head of title page: Centre francophone de droit comparé et de droit musulman. - V. 1. Les infuences croisées en matière juridique -- v. 2. Les enjeux de la transition démocratique et les acquis de la coopération internationale. - 2011
Keywords: Maghreb, Islamic law, Comparative law,

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Le Maghreb, l'Occident arabe / Didier Baisset. - Perpignan : Presses universitaires de Perpignan ; Toulouse : Presses de l'Université Toulouse 1 Capitole, 2011. - 193 pages. ; 21 cm. - (Revue franco-maghrébine de droit, ISSN 1249-9854 ; no. 18) At head of title page: Centre francophone de droit comparé et de droit musulman. - 2011
Keywords: Maghreb, Islamic law, Comparative law,

3. De la question juridique de principe
De la question juridique de principe : la traduction de l'autorité judiciaire suprême : le reflet des hésitations sur la nature du Tribunal fédéral / par Alessandro Brenci. - Genève ; Zurich ; Bâle : Schulthess Médias Juridiques SA, 2015. - LXXVI, 586 pages. ; 23 cm On title page: Université de Lausanne, Faculté de Droit des Sciences criminelles et d'Administration publique. - Originally thesis Université de Lausanne, 2015. - Bibliography: page XV-LXIV. - Includes bibliographical references. - 2015
Keywords: Switzerland, Confederation, Federal courts, Judicial organisation, Comparative law, Theses,

4. Les manifestations et sanctions de l'abus de position dominante dans les technologies de l'information - étude de droit comparé des pratiques commerciales liées aux logiciels d'application et à leurs supports
Les manifestations et sanctions de l'abus de position dominante dans les technologies de l'information - étude de droit comparé des pratiques commerciales liées aux logiciels d'application et à leurs supports / par Lauren Ojha. - Lausanne : Editions CEDIDAC, 2015. - LIX, 411 pages. ; 23 cm On title page: Université de Lausanne, Faculté de Droit, des Sciences criminelles et d'Administration publique. - Originally thesis Université de Lausanne, 2014. - Bibliography: page V-XXXVIII. - Includes bibliographical references. - Includes abstract in English. - 2015
Keywords: Switzerland, United States of America, European Union, Software, Information and communication technology, Information, Abuse of a dominant position, Competition, Comparative law, Theses,

5. Les fondements juridiques de la qualification du bail "commercial" en droit comparé français et marocain
Les fondements juridiques de la qualification du bail "commercial" en droit comparé français et marocain / par Taïeb Khaïssidi. - Perpignan : Presses universitaires de Perpignan ; Toulouse : Presses de l'Université Toulouse I Capitole. - Page 81-94 In: Les influences croisées en matière juridique / sous la direction de Didier Baisset, ISBN 9782354121488: vol. 1. - 2011
Keywords: Maghreb, Morocco, France, Leasing, Commercial law, Comparative law,

6. How the U.S. Amnesty Program and Qui Tam Actions Could Strengten Korea's Anti-Corruption Efforts
How the U.S. Amnesty Program and Qui Tam Actions Could Strengten Korea's Anti-Corruption Efforts / Sang Beck Kim In: Northwestern Journal of International Law and Business = ISSN 0196-3228: vol. 35, issue 3, page 655-686. - 2015
Keywords: South Korea, United States of America, Corruption, Criminal law, Whistle-blowers, Disclosure, Comparative law,

7. Istiqālat al-muḥakkim - Āḵar mubtakarāt al-taswīf wa-al-mumāṭala fi al-taḥkīm
Istiqālat al-muḥakkim - Āḵar mubtakarāt al-taswīf wa-al-mumāṭala fi al-taḥkīm : istiqālat al-muḥakkim. Hal al-maḥkama al-mabtūra hiya al-ḥall? Qawāʿid al-Yūnsitrāl li-al-taḥkim awǧadat al-ḥall / ʿAbd al-Ḥamīd al-Aḥdab = Arbitrator Resignation - The Latest Method of Delay in Arbitration : Is a Truncated Tribunal the Solution? UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules Provided the Solution / Abdel Hamid El Ahdab. - Alphen aan den Rijn : Wolters Kluwer, Law & Business. - Page 23-48 In: Festschrift Ahmed Sadek El-Kosheri : From the Arab World to the Globalization of International Law and Arbitration / edited by Mohamed Abdel Raouf, Philippe Leboulanger, Nassib G. Ziadé, ISBN 9789041160621: (2015), Page 23-48. - 2015
Keywords: Judges, International law of procedure, Recusal, Delay, UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration, Iran-United States Claims Tribunal, International commercial arbitration, Comparative law, Laws,

8. Global Environmental Law and Comparative Legal Methods
Global Environmental Law and Comparative Legal Methods / Elisa Morgera In: Review of European, Comparative and International Environmental Law = ISSN 0962-8797: vol. 24, issue 3, page 254-263. - 2015
Keywords: International environmental law, Comparative law, Methodology,

9. In the Public Interest?
In the Public Interest? : a Comparative Analysis of Norway and EU GMO Regulations / Apolline Roger In: Review of European, Comparative and International Environmental Law = ISSN 0962-8797: vol. 24, issue 3, page 264-227. - 2015
Keywords: Norway, European Union, Member states, Agriculture, Genetically modified organisms, Public interest, Community law and municipal law, Comparative law,

10. From Domestic to Global?
From Domestic to Global? : Recent Trends in Environmental Liability from a Multi-level and Comparative Law Perspective / Emanuela Orlando In: Review of European, Comparative and International Environmental Law = ISSN 0962-8797: vol. 24, issue 3, page 289-303. - 2015
Keywords: Environmental damage, Accountability, Reparation for damage, Legal regime, Comparative law, Harmonisation, International environmental law,

11. Comparative Environmental Law and Orientalism
Comparative Environmental Law and Orientalism : reading beyond the "Text" of Traditional Knowledge Protection / Saskia Vermeylen In: Review of European, Comparative and International Environmental Law = ISSN 0962-8797: vol. 24, issue 3, page 304-317. - 2015
Keywords: Traditional knowledge, Environmental law, Comparative law, Legal systems, Pluralism, Indigenous peoples,

12. Traditional Local Communities
Traditional Local Communities : what Lessons can be learnt at the International Level from the Experiences of Brasil and Scotland? / Adriana Bessa In: Review of European, Comparative and International Environmental Law = ISSN 0962-8797: vol. 24, issue 3, page 330-340. - 2015
Keywords: Brazil, Scotland, Indigenous peoples, Indigenous land rights, Natural resources, Legal protection, Comparative law, Human rights,

13. The Comparative Law of Climate Change
The Comparative Law of Climate Change : a Research Agenda / Michael Mehling In: Review of European, Comparative and International Environmental Law = ISSN 0962-8797: vol. 24, issue 3, page 341-352. - 2015
Keywords: Climate change, Comparative law, Doctrine des fondements et méthodes de la connaissance scientifique, Legal research,

14. Considérations sur la clause d'inaliénabilité volontaire dans le Nouveau Code civil roumain
Considérations sur la clause d'inaliénabilité volontaire dans le Nouveau Code civil roumain / Valeriu Stoica. - Bruxelles : Bruylant. - Page 847-860 In: Europe(s), Droit(s) européen(s) : une passion d'universitaire : Liber Amicorum en l'honneur de professeur Vlad Constantinesco / sous la coordination de Frédérique Berrod, Jörg Gerkrath, Robert Kovar, Christian Mestre, Valérie Michel, Stéphane Pierre Caps, Dominique Ritleng et Denys Simon, ISBN 9782802740544: (2015), Page 847-860. - 2015
Keywords: Romania, Clauses, Civil law, Comparative law,

15. Freedom of Communication in the US and Europe
Freedom of Communication in the US and Europe / Tenorio, Pedro In: Vienna Online Journal on International Constitutional Law = ISSN 1995-5855: vol. 7, issue 2, page 150-173. - 2013
Keywords: United States of America, Europe, Supreme court, European Court of Human Rights, Freedom of expression, Communications, Human rights, Comparative law,

16. On Resilience of Constitutions: What Makes Constitutions Resistant to External Shocks
On Resilience of Constitutions: What Makes Constitutions Resistant to External Shocks / Contiades, Xenophon; Fotiadou, Alkmene In: Vienna Online Journal on International Constitutional Law = ISSN 1995-5855: vol. 9, issue 1, page 3-26. - 2015
Keywords: Europe, Constitutions, Separation of powers, Economic crisis, Human rights, Constitutionalism, Constitutional law, Comparative law,

17. Environmental Participation in China and Europe
Environmental Participation in China and Europe / Margherita Poto In: European Energy and Environmental Law Review = ISSN 1879-3886: vol. 23, issue 5, page 172–183. - 2014
Keywords: China, European Union, Environmental protection, Environmental law, European environmental law, Comparative law,

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  • Ginsburg, T., P.G. Monateri and F. Parisi (eds.), Classics in Comparative Law, Volume I: Methodology, Cheltenham, Edwar Elgar Publishing, 2014.

    Ginsburg, T., P.G. Monateri and F. Parisi, Classics in Comparative Law, Volume I: Methodology, Cheltenham, Edwar Elgar Publishing, 2014.

    Comparative law is a field with a rich history, and one to which scholars from many disciplines have contributed. This four-volume set includes an original introduction by the editors, who trace the major developments in the field, covering both private and public law, as well as legal institutions and methodological debates. Encompassing more than a century of scholarship, the collection includes a number of the most enduring articles from several disciplinary perspectives and will be an essential resource for the study of comparative law.

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  • Bogdan, M., Concise Introduction to Comparative Law, Groningen, Europa Law Publishing, 2013.

    Bogdan, M., Concise Introduction to Comparative Law, Groningen, Europa Law Publishing, 2013.

    In today's globalized world, jurists cannot limit themselves to studying the laws of their own country. This book is mainly intended to be used as a textbook for beginners taking introductory courses on foreign and comparative law. Its concise format makes it fit for use also in other courses, such as legal history or jurisprudence, having the ambition to provide the students with a basic knowledge about English, American, French, German, Chinese and Islamic law and legal culture, as well as about the methodological problems that arise in connection with studying, comparing and working with foreign legal systems in general.

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  • Clark, D.S. (ed.), Comparative Law and Society, Cheltenham, Elgar, 2012.

    Clark, D.S. (ed.), Comparative Law and Society, Cheltenham, Elgar, 2012.

    Comparative Law and Society, part of the Research Handbooks in Comparative Law series, is a pioneering volume that comprises 19 original essays written by expert authors from across the world. This innovative handbook offers both a history of the field of comparative law and society and a thorough exploration of its methods, disciplines, and major issues, presenting the most comprehensive look into this contemporary field to date.

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  • Monateri, P.G. (ed.), Methods of Comparative Law, Cheltenham, Elgar, 2012.

    Monateri, P.G. (ed.), Methods of Comparative Law, Cheltenham, Elgar, 2012.

    Methods of Comparative Law brings to bear new thinking on topics including: the mutual relationship between space and law; the plot that structures legal narratives, identities and judicial interpretations; a strategic approach to legal decision making; and the inner potentialities of the ‘comparative law and economics’ approach to the field. Together, the contributors reassess the scientific understanding of comparative methodologies in the field of law in order to provide both critical insights into the traditional literature and an original overview of the most recent and purposive trends.

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  • Busanni, M. and U. Mattei (eds.), Comparative Law, New York, Cambridge University Press, 2012.

    Busanni, M. and U. Mattei (eds.), Comparative Law, New York, Cambridge University Press, 2012.

    We can only claim to understand another legal system when we know the context surrounding the positive law in which lawyers are trained. To avoid ethnocentricity and superficiality, we must go beyond judicial decisions, doctrinal writings and the black-letter law of codes and statutes and probe the 'deeper structures' where law meets cultural, political, socio-economic factors. It is only when we acquire such awareness and knowledge of the critical factors affecting both the backgrounds and implications of rules that it becomes possible to control the present and possibly future developments of the world's legal institutions. This collection of essays aims to provide the reader with a fundamental understanding of the dynamic relationship between the law and its cultural, political and socio-economic context.

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  • Adams, M. and J. Bomhoff (eds.), Practice and Theory in Comparative Law, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2012.

    Adams, M., J., Bomhoff (eds.), Practice and Theory in Comparative Law, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2012.

    What does doing comparative law involve? Too often, explicit methodological discussions in comparative law remain limited to the level of pure theory, neglecting to test out critiques and recommendations on concrete issues. This book bridges this gap between theory and practice in comparative legal studies. Essays by both established and younger comparative lawyers reflect on the methodological challenges arising in their own work and in work in their area. Taken together, they offer clear recommendations for, and critical reflection on, a wide range of innovative comparative research projects.

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  • (Judicial) Constitutional Review in the Netherlands: A Comparative Law Blog

    With the provincial elections coming up, the Dutch Legislature this week discussed another important and long discussed topic in Dutch politics. The Dutch parliament for the second time reads the bill that would make judicial constitutional review in the Netherlands possible with regard to certain named constitutional provisions detailing constitutional rights. A bill first introduced by former Second Chamber member Halsema in 2002.

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