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.
- David, R. (et al.) , International Encyclopedia of Comparative Law, The Hague, Nijhoff, 1972.
- Reimann, M. and R. Zimmerman, The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Law, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2006.
- Smits, J.M. (ed.), Elgar Encyclopedia of Comparative Law, Cheltenham, Elgar, 2012.
- Zweigert, K. and H. Kötz, Introduction to Comparative Law, Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1987.
- Butler, W.E. and O.V. Kresin and I.S. Shemshuchenko (eds.), Foundations of Comparative Law : Methods and Typologies, London, Wildy, Simmonds & Hill, 2011.
- Danner, R. and M. Bernal (eds.), Introduction to Foreign Legal Systems, New York, Oceana Publications, 1994.
- David, R., Les grands systèmes de droit contemporains, Paris, Dalloz, 2002.
- De Cruz, P., Comparative Law in a Changing World, London, Routledge-Cavendish, 2007.
- Ginsburg, T. and R. Dixon (eds.), Comparative Constitutional Law, Cheltenham, Elgar, 2011.
- Glendon, M.A., Comparative Legal Traditions in a Nutshell, St. Paul, MN, Thomson West, 2008.
- Harding, A. (ed.), Comparative Law in the 21st Century, London, The Hague, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2002.
- Hay, P., R.J. Weintraub and P.J. Borchers (eds.), Comparative Conflict of Laws: Conventions, Regulations and Codes, New York, Thomson Reuters/Foundation Press, 2009.
- Heringa, A.V. and P. Kiiver, Constitutions Compared : An Introduction to Comparative Constitutional Law, Antwerp, Intersentia, 2009.
- Legeais, R., Grands systèmes de droit contemporains : approche comparative, Paris, Lexis Nexis Litec, 2008.
- Legrand, P., Le droit comparé, Paris, Presses universitaires de France (PUF), 2009.
- Merryman, J.H., and R. Perez-Perdomo, The Civil Law Tradition : An Introduction to the Legal Systems of Europe and Latin America, Stanford, CA, Stanford University Press, 2007.
- Nweze, C.C. and C.N. Okeke, Contemporary Issues on Public International and Comparative Law : Essays in Honor of Professor Christian Nwachukwu Okeke, Lake Mary, FL, Vandeplas, 2009.
- Reiman, M. and R. Zimmermann (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Law, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2006.
- Riles, A. (ed.), Rethinking the Masters of Comparative Law, Oxford, Hart, 2001.
- Mattei, U. (et al.), Schlesinger’s Comparative Law : Cases, Text, Materials, New York, NY, Thomson Reuters/Foundation Press, 2009.
- Sharma, G. (ed.), An Introduction to Legal Systems of the World, New Delhi, Deep & Deep, 2008.
- Zweigert, K. and H. Kötz, Introduction to Comparative Law, Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1998.
- Schacherreiter, J., “Das Verhängnis von Ethnozentrismus und Kulturrelativismus in der Rechtsvergleichung: Ursachen, Ausprägungsformen und Strategien zur Überwindung”, Rabels Zeitschrift für ausländisches und internationales Privatrecht, 77 (2013), No. 2, pp. 272-299.
Periodicals, serial publications
- African Journal of International and Comparative Law
- American Journal of Comparative Law
- Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law
- Asian Journal of Comparative Law
- Boletin Mexicano de Derecho Comparado
- Boston College International and Comparative Law Review
- Comparative Law Yearbook of International Business
- Electronic Journal of Comparative Law
- Elgar Encyclopedia of Comparative Law
- The Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa
- International Encyclopedia of Comparative Law
- Journal of Comparative Law
- Modern Legal Systems Encyclopedia
- Oxford University Comparative Law Forum
- Rabels Zeitschrift für ausländisches und internationales Privatrecht
- Revue de droit international et de droit comparé
- Revue internationale de droit comparé
- Zeitschrift für Rechtsvergleichung
- Zeitschrift für vergleichende Rechtswissenschaft
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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.View this title in our link resolver Plinklet
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.
Bogdan, M., Concise Introduction to Comparative Law, Groningen, Europa Law Publishing, 2013.View this title in our link resolver Plinklet
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.
Clark, D.S. (ed.), Comparative Law and Society, Cheltenham, Elgar, 2012.View this title in our link resolver Plinklet
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.
Monateri, P.G. (ed.), Methods of Comparative Law, Cheltenham, Elgar, 2012.View this title in our link resolver Plinklet
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.
Busanni, M. and U. Mattei (eds.), Comparative Law, New York, Cambridge University Press, 2012.View this title in our link resolver Plinklet
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.
Adams, M. and J. Bomhoff (eds.), Practice and Theory in Comparative Law, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2012.View this title in our link resolver Plinklet
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.
- Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law, Comparative Law: Functions and Methods, by Peter de Cruz
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- American Society of Comparative Law
- Associazione Italiana di Diritto Comparato
- British Association of Comparative law
- The British Institute of International and Comparative Law
- Center for International and Comparative Law - Univeristy of Baltimore School of Law
- Centre de Droit et de Politique Comparés Jean-Claude Escarras
- Le Centre Français de Droit Comparé
- Comparative and Foreign Law
- Comparative Law by Paul Norman
- Deutsch-französisches Doktorandenkolleg zur Rechtsvergleichung im öffentlichen Recht
- Groupement de Droit Comparé
- Institut de droit comparé Édouard Lambert
- Institut Suisse de Droit Comparé
- The Institute of Comparative Law (ICL)
- Institute of Foreign and Comparative Law
- Instituto de Derecho Público Comparado
- International Academy of Comparative law
- Irish Society of Comparative Law
- Legal & Judicial Systems in Countries Around the World - 2009
- Melbourne Law School Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies
- Netherlands Comparative Law Association
- Québec Society of Comparative Law
- The Rights International Research Guide for International Human Rights Lawyers
- Société de Législation Comparée