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. Privacy in the 21st century
Privacy in the 21st century / by Alexandra Rengel. - Leiden ; Boston : Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2013. - XII, 267 pages. - (Studies in intercultural human rights ; volume 5) Includes bibliographical references and index. - 2013
Keywords: Privacy, Human rights, Philosophy of law, International law, Technology, International law and domestic law, Comparative law, Security, E-books,

2. Supranational citizenship and the challenge of diversity
Supranational citizenship and the challenge of diversity : immigrants, citizens, and member states in the EU / by Francesca Strumia. - Leiden : Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2013. - x, 336 pages. - (Nijhoff studies in EU law, ISSN 2210-9765 ; volume 4) The quest of distinctiveness and inclusion-a comparative analysis of internal borders and divides in the US and the EU -- Citizens and others in the EU : legal sameness, societal difference -- Insider/outsider divides in the EU -- Supranational citizenship as mutual recognition of belonging. - Includes bibliographical references and index. - 2013
Keywords: European Union, United States of America, Immigration, Citizenship, Social policy, Cultural diversity, Member states, Comparative law, E-books,

3. The scope and structure of civil codes
The scope and structure of civil codes / Julio César Rivera, editor. - Dordrecht ; Heidelberg ; New York ; London : Springer, 2013. - X, 482 pages. ; 25 cm. - (Ius gentium, ISSN 1534-6781 ; volume 32) Papers resulting from the Second Thematic Congress of the International Academy of Comparative Law, held in Taiwan from 24-05-2012 till 26-05-2012. - Includes bibliographical references and index. - 2013
Keywords: Civil law, Codification, Civil code, Comparative law,

4. The consequences of possession
The consequences of possession / edited by Eric Descheemaeker. - Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, 2014. - XXI, 221 pages. ; 24 cm. - (Edinburgh studies in lawn ; volume 11) Includes bibliographical references and index. - 2014
Keywords: Possession, Law of property, Comparative law,

5. Le recours au droit comparé par le juge
Le recours au droit comparé par le juge / sous la direction de Thierry Di Manno. - Bruxelles : Bruylant, 2014. - 266 pages. ; 24 cm. - (À la croisée des droits ; 8) Includes bibliographical references and index. - 2014
Keywords: International courts, Municipal courts, Judges, Comparative law,

6. Das vietnamesische Erbrecht im Vergleich zum deutschen Erbrecht
Das vietnamesische Erbrecht im Vergleich zum deutschen Erbrecht / Thanh Clara Cao. - 1. Auflage. - Baden-Baden : Nomos, 2014. - 391 pages. ; 23 cm. - (Nomos Universitätsschriften Recht ; Bdand 824) Originally doctoral dissertation at Universität Potsdam, 2013. - Bibliography: page 383-391. - With notes. - 2014
Keywords: Germany, Vietnam, Law of succession, Comparative law, Theses,

7. Self-Determination, Secession, and the Crimean Crisis 2014
Self-Determination, Secession, and the Crimean Crisis 2014 : Postscript / Christian Walter. - Oxford : Oxford University Press. - Page 293-311 In: Self-Determination and Secession in International Law / edited by Christian Walter, Antje von Ungern-Sternberg, and Kavus Abushov, ISBN, 9780198702375: (2014), Page 293-311. - 2014
Keywords: Russian Federation, Commonwealth of Independent States, Crimea, Kosovo, Minorities, Right of self-determination, Secession, Comparative law,

8. Comparative Analysis of US and EU Regulatory Models for Money Market Funds
Comparative Analysis of US and EU Regulatory Models for Money Market Funds / Viktoria Baklanova and Joseph Tanega. - Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press. - Page 187-216 In: Money market funds in the EU and the US : regulation and practice / edited by Viktoria Baklanova, Joseph Tanega, ISBN 9780199687251: (2014), Page 187-216. - 2014
Keywords: United States of America, European Union, Financial markets, Financial services, Securities, Risk assessment, Comparative law,

9. Les figures du juge comparatiste
Les figures du juge comparatiste / par Thierry Di Manno. - Bruxelles : Bruylant. - Page 9-17 In: Le recours au droit comparé par le juge / sous la direction de Thierry Di Manno, ISBN 9782802745105: (2014), Page 9-17. - 2014
Keywords: France, Judges, Human rights, Constitutional law, Comparative law,

10. La légitimité contrastée d'une technique juridictionnelle
La légitimité contrastée d'une technique juridictionnelle : le recours au droit comparé par le juge / par Alexis Le Quinio. - Bruxelles : Bruylant. - Page 21-37 In: Le recours au droit comparé par le juge / sous la direction de Thierry Di Manno, ISBN 9782802745105: (2014), Page 21-37. - 2014
Keywords: France, Municipal courts, International courts, Judges, Comparative law, Legitimacy,

11. L'éviction à rebours du droit étranger par les juges constitutionnels
L'éviction à rebours du droit étranger par les juges constitutionnels / par Kelly Picard. - Bruxelles : Bruylant. - Page 39-48 In: Le recours au droit comparé par le juge / sous la direction de Thierry Di Manno, ISBN 9782802745105: (2014), Page 39-48. - 2014
Keywords: Constitutional Court, Judges, Constitutional law, Foreign law, Comparative law,

12. Le recours au droit comparé par le juge répressif international
Le recours au droit comparé par le juge répressif international : quelle légitimité? / par Thomas Margueritte. - Bruxelles : Bruylant. - Page 49-68 In: Le recours au droit comparé par le juge / sous la direction de Thierry Di Manno, ISBN 9782802745105: (2014), Page 49-68. - 2014
Keywords: International Criminal Court, International criminal law, International criminal justice, Comparative law,

13. Le juge constitutionnel, le comparable et l'intraduisible
Le juge constitutionnel, le comparable et l'intraduisible : bref retour sur l'extranéité de la langue / par Jean-Jacques Pardini. - Bruxelles : Bruylant. - Page 71-78 In: Le recours au droit comparé par le juge / sous la direction de Thierry Di Manno, ISBN 9782802745105: (2014), Page 71-78. - 2014
Keywords: Constitutional Court, Judges, Constitutional law, Comparative law, Languages, Translations,

14. Principes généreux de droit international et autres analogies
Principes généreux de droit international et autres analogies : "réflexions sur le recours aux droits internes par le juge international en matière de réparation" / par Tiphaine De Maria. - Bruxelles : Bruylant. - Page 79-95 In: Le recours au droit comparé par le juge / sous la direction de Thierry Di Manno, ISBN 9782802745105: (2014), Page 79-95. - 2014
Keywords: International courts, Judges, Legal remedies, International law and domestic law, Comparative law,

15. Depuis l'arrêt "Algera", retour sur une utilisation "discrète" du droit comparé par la Cour de justice de L'Union européenne
Depuis l'arrêt "Algera", retour sur une utilisation "discrète" du droit comparé par la Cour de justice de L'Union européenne / par Michaël Bardin. - Bruxelles : Bruylant. - Page 97-108 In: Le recours au droit comparé par le juge / sous la direction de Thierry Di Manno, ISBN 9782802745105: (2014), Page 97-108. - 2014
Keywords: European Union, Court of Justice of the European Communities, Community law and municipal law, Comparative law, Cases,

16. La prise en compte des précédents étrangers par les cours constitutionnelles
La prise en compte des précédents étrangers par les cours constitutionnelles / par Sophie Lebedel. - Bruxelles : Bruylant. - Page In: Le recours au droit comparé par le juge / sous la direction de Thierry Di Manno, ISBN 9782802745105: (2014), Page. - 2014
Keywords: Constitutional Court, Foreign law, Comparative law,

17. Droit judiciaire privé et recours au droit comparé
Droit judiciaire privé et recours au droit comparé / par Mélina Douchy-Oudot. - Bruxelles : Bruylant. - Page 135-151 In: Le recours au droit comparé par le juge / sous la direction de Thierry Di Manno, ISBN 9782802745105: (2014), Page 135-151. - 2014
Keywords: France, European Union, Judges, Family law, Civil law, Comparative law, Community law and municipal law, Private international law, Cases,

18. L'ambivalence du recours au droit comparé par le juge constitutionnel
L'ambivalence du recours au droit comparé par le juge constitutionnel / par Fanny Jacquelot. - Bruxelles : Bruylant. - Page 153-162 In: Le recours au droit comparé par le juge / sous la direction de Thierry Di Manno, ISBN 9782802745105: (2014), Page 153-162. - 2014
Keywords: Constitutional Court, Judges, Constitutional law, Comparative law,

19. Le recours par le juge constitutionnel espagnol àla jurisprudence constitutionnelle étrangère
Le recours par le juge constitutionnel espagnol àla jurisprudence constitutionnelle étrangère : analyse d'une fonction / par Damien Connil. - Bruxelles : Bruylant. - Page 163-184 In: Le recours au droit comparé par le juge / sous la direction de Thierry Di Manno, ISBN 9782802745105: (2014), Page 163-184. - 2014
Keywords: Spain, Constitutional Court, Judges, Constitutional law, Foreign law, Comparative law,

20. Le recours au droit comparé par le juge lors de la saisine du juge constitutionnel
Le recours au droit comparé par le juge lors de la saisine du juge constitutionnel : argument téléologique ou technique décorative? / par Céline Maillafet. - Bruxelles : Bruylant. - Page 185-197 In: Le recours au droit comparé par le juge / sous la direction de Thierry Di Manno, ISBN 9782802745105: (2014), Page 185-197. - 2014
Keywords: Constitutional Court, Judges, Constitutional law, Comparative law,

21. Le recours au droit comparé dans l'interprétation de la Convention européenne desd droits de l'homme
Le recours au droit comparé dans l'interprétation de la Convention européenne desd droits de l'homme / par Julie Ferrero. - Bruxelles : Bruylant. - Page 199-222 In: Le recours au droit comparé par le juge / sous la direction de Thierry Di Manno, ISBN 9782802745105: (2014), Page 199-222. - 2014
Keywords: European Court of Human Rights, European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (Rome, 4 November 1950), Human rights, International law and domestic law, Comparative law, Case-law,

22. Le recours au droit comparé comme moyen pour le juge de suggérer une évolution législative?
Le recours au droit comparé comme moyen pour le juge de suggérer une évolution législative? / par Bruno Ravaz. - Bruxelles : Bruylant. - Page 223-235 In: Le recours au droit comparé par le juge / sous la direction de Thierry Di Manno, ISBN 9782802745105: (2014), Page 223-235. - 2014
Keywords: France, Judges, Comparative law,

23. Le recours au droit comparé par le juge en droit fiscal
Le recours au droit comparé par le juge en droit fiscal / par Miguel Nicolas. - Bruxelles : Bruylant. - Page 237-249 In: Le recours au droit comparé par le juge / sous la direction de Thierry Di Manno, ISBN 9782802745105: (2014), Page 237-249. - 2014
Keywords: Judges, Value added tax, Fiscal law, Comparative law,

24. The Scope and Structure of Civil Codes
The Scope and Structure of Civil Codes : Relations with Commercial Law, Family Law, Consumer Law and Private International Law : a Comparative Approach / Julio César Rivera. - Dordrecht ; Heidelberg ; New York ; London : Springer. - Page 3-39 In: The Scope and Structure of Civil Codes / Julio César Rivera, editor, ISBN 9789400779419: (2013), Page 3-39. - 2013
Keywords: Civil law, Codification, Civil code, Comparative law, History,

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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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