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. Abuse and violence towards young children
Abuse and violence towards young children : perspectives on research and policy / edited by Roy Evans. - Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2015. - XII, 244 pages. : illustrations. ; 25 cm Includes bibliographical references and index. - 2015
Keywords: Children, Child abuse, Prevention, Comparative law,

2. Laicidad y constitución
Laicidad y constitución / Víctor J. Vázquez Alonso ; prólogo de Augusto Martín de la Vega. - Madrid : Centro de Estudios Políticos y Constitucionales, 2012. - XXV, 682 pages. ; 22 cm. - (Estudios constitucionales / Centro de Estudios Políticos y Constitucionales) Bibliography: page 649-682. - Includes bibliographical references. - 2012
Keywords: France, Spain, United States of America, State and Church relations, Constitutional law, Comparative law,

3. Comparative Labor Law and Employment Law in Developed Market Economies: Fostering Market Efficiencies or Repairing Market Failures?
Comparative Labor Law and Employment Law in Developed Market Economies: Fostering Market Efficiencies or Repairing Market Failures? / Silvia Bonfanti, Cynthia Estlund and Nuno Garoupa. - Cheltenham, UK ; Northampton, MA, USA : Edward Elgar Publishing. - Page 62-79 In: Comparative Labor Law / edited by Matthew W. Finkin, Guy Mundlak, ISBN 9781781000120: (2015), Page 62-79. - 2015
Keywords: United States of America, European Union, Great Britain, Employment, Labour, Safety, Economy, Labour law, Comparative law,

4. The Challenge to Comparative Labor Law in a Globalized Era
The Challenge to Comparative Labor Law in a Globalized Era / Kerry Rittich and Guy Mundlak. - Cheltenham, UK ; Northampton, MA, USA : Edward Elgar Publishing. - Page 80-111 In: Comparative Labor Law / edited by Matthew W. Finkin, Guy Mundlak, ISBN 9781781000120: (2015), Page 80-111. - 2015
Keywords: Great Britain, United States of America, European Union, International Labour Organization, Employment, National courts, Labour law, Cases, Comparative law,

5. The Subjects of Labor Law: "Employees" and Other Workers
The Subjects of Labor Law: "Employees" and Other Workers / Guy Davidov, Mark Freedland and Nicola Kountouris. - Cheltenham, UK ; Northampton, MA, USA : Edward Elgar Publishing. - Page 115-131 In: Comparative Labor Law / edited by Matthew W. Finkin, Guy Mundlak, ISBN 9781781000120: (2015), Page 115-131. - 2015
Keywords: Great Britain, United States of America, European Union, International Labour Organization, National courts, Employees, Employment, Labour law, Cases, Comparative law,

6. Who is an Employer?
Who is an Employer? / Luisa Corazza and Orsola Razzolini. - Cheltenham, UK ; Northampton, MA, USA : Edward Elgar Publishing. - Page 132-152 In: Comparative Labor Law / edited by Matthew W. Finkin, Guy Mundlak, ISBN 9781781000120: (2015), Page 132-152. - 2015
Keywords: Great Britain, United States of America, European Union, International Labour Organization, National courts, Employment, Labour law, Cases, 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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