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. Model ustroju samorządu gminnego w wybranych krajach europejskich
Model ustroju samorządu gminnego w wybranych krajach europejskich : prawo samorządu terytorialnego w toku przemian / pod redakcją Lidia Zacharko, Katarzyna Płonka-Bielenin, Tomasz Moll. - Warszawa : Difin, 2013. - 166 pages. ; 23 cm Includes English introduction. - Includes bibliographical references. - Bibliography: page 159-166. - 2013
Keywords: Germany, France, Poland, Spain, Local government, Comparative law,

2. Die Dynamik des Wettbewerbsschutzes im US-amerikanischen, europäischen und australischen Kartellrecht
Die Dynamik des Wettbewerbsschutzes im US-amerikanischen, europäischen und australischen Kartellrecht : eine rechtsvergleichende Untersuchung zu Sec. 2 Sherman Act, Art. 102 AEUW und Sec. 46 CCA 2010 / von Dr. Romy Nicole Fleischer. - Köln : Carl Heymanns Verlag, 2013. - XVI, 280 pages. ; 23 cm. - (FIW-Schriftenreihe, ISSN 0429-9485 ; Heft 243) Originally dissertation at Philipps Universität Marburg, 2012. - Bibliography: page 241-278. - With notes and index. - 2013
Keywords: Australia, United States of America, European Union, Cartels and monopolies, Comparative law, Theses,

3. Der Allgemeine Teil des Privatrechts
Der Allgemeine Teil des Privatrechts : Erfahrungen und Perspektiven zwischen Deutschland, Polen und den lusitanischen Rechten / Christian Baldus, Wojciech Dajczak (Hrsg.). - Frankfurt am Main : PL Academic Research, 2013. - 556 pages. ; 22 cm. - (Schriften zur Entwicklung des Privatrechtssystems, ISSN 1613-771X ; Band 10) Results of international seminars held in Ciążeń (2010) and Heidelberg (2012). - Includes abstracts of each article in English, Polish, and Portuguese. - Includes bibliographical references and index. - 2013
Keywords: Brazil, Germany, Poland, Portugal, Civil law, Comparative law,

4. Türkisches und deutsches Vertragshändlerrecht im Rechtsvergleich
Türkisches und deutsches Vertragshändlerrecht im Rechtsvergleich / Pinar Samiloglu-Riegermann. - Frankfurt am Main : PL Academic Research, 2014. - XXIII, 317 pages. ; 22 cm. - (Studien zum vergleichenden und internationalen Recht, ISSN 0930-4746 ; Band 187) Originally doctoral dissertation at Universität Köln, 2013. - Bibliography: page 305-317. - With notes. - 2014
Keywords: Germany, Turkey, Commercial agents, Legal status, Comparative law,

5. Haftungsbeschränkungen für Einzelunternehmer in Deutschland und Frankreich
Haftungsbeschränkungen für Einzelunternehmer in Deutschland und Frankreich / Dr. Philippa Paternot. - Baden-Baden : Nomos, 2014. - 513 pages. ; 23 cm. - (Saarbrücker Studien zum internationalen Recht ; Band 56) Originally dissertation at Universität Saarbrücken, 2014. - Bibliography: page 555-602. - With notes and index. - 2014
Keywords: Germany, France, Sociétés unipersonnelles, Limited liability companies, Company law, Comparative law,

6. Negotiating the Fundamental Right to Personal Liberty
Negotiating the Fundamental Right to Personal Liberty : four Problem Cases / Andrew Ashworth In: Otago Law Review = ISSN 0078-6918: vol. 13, issue 1, page 1-26. - 2013
Keywords: New Zealand, Liberty and security of the person, Liberty, Human rights, Constitutional law, European Court of Human Rights, European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (Rome, 4 November 1950), International law and domestic law, Comparative law, Cases,

7. Mediation: a Comparative Discussion of the Laws and Practice in the United Kindom and Turkey
Mediation: a Comparative Discussion of the Laws and Practice in the United Kindom and Turkey / Karen Akinci, Christopher Cox, Ceyda Sural In: Arbitration = ISSN 0003-7877: vol. 80, issue 3, page 232-242. - 2014
Keywords: Great Britain, Turkey, Alternative dispute resolution, Comparative law,

8. Brauchen wir sanktionsrechtliche Normen, damit Hate Crimes von der Strafjustiz angemessen beurteilt werden?
Brauchen wir sanktionsrechtliche Normen, damit Hate Crimes von der Strafjustiz angemessen beurteilt werden? / Georgios Sotiriadis In: Kritische Justiz = ISSN 0023-4834: vol. 47, issue 3, page 261-275. - 2014
Keywords: Germany, United States of America, Hate speech, Comparative law, Criminal law, Constitutional law, Identity,

9. An evaluation of the EU Roadmap on criminal procedural rights from both a substantive and governance perspective
An evaluation of the EU Roadmap on criminal procedural rights from both a substantive and governance perspective / Auke Gerardus Francis Willems. - Glasgow : School of Law, College of Social Sciences, University of Glasgow, 2012. - 109 pages Thesis University of Glasgow in order to obtain the degree of LLM by Research in the year 2012. - Bibliography: page 90-109. - Includes bibliographical references and abstract. - 2012
Keywords: European Union, Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (Rome, 4 November 1950), Justice and home affairs, European criminal procedure, Human rights, Comparative law, E-docs,

10. The law of vertical territorial and price restraints in the EU and in the USA: a critical analysis of vertical territorial and price restraints - an argument against legislation
The law of vertical territorial and price restraints in the EU and in the USA: a critical analysis of vertical territorial and price restraints - an argument against legislation / Barbora Jedličková. - Glasgow, the United Kingdom : School of Law, University of Glasgow, 2011. - XXVIII, 278 pages Thesis University of Glasgow in order to obtain the degree of PhD in Law in the year 2011. - Bibliography: page 264-278. - Includes bibliographical references and abstract. - 2011
Keywords: United States of America, European Union, Competition, Comparative law, E-docs,

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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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  • Smits, J.M. (ed.), Elgar Encyclopedia of Comparative Law, Cheltenham, Elgar, 2012.

    Salankey Rao, S., Trafficking of Children for Sexual Exploitation: Public International Law 1864-1950, New Delhi, Oxford University Press, 2013.

    Containing newly updated versions of existing entries and adding several important new entries, this second edition of the Elgar Encyclopedia of Comparative Law takes stock of present-day comparative law scholarship. Written by leading authorities in their respective fields, the contributions in this accessible book cover and combine not only questions regarding the methodology of comparative law, but also specific areas of law (such as administrative law and criminal law) and specific topics (such as accident compensation and consideration). In addition, the Encyclopedia contains reports on a selected set of countries’ legal systems and, as a whole, presents an overview of the current state of affairs. Providing its readers with a unique point of reference, as well as stimulus for further research, this volume is an indispensable tool for anyone interested in comparative law, especially academics, students and practitioners.

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