Comparative Law


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 systematic classification → Comparative law 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. Arbitraje comercial y derecho concursal
Arbitraje comercial y derecho concursal : perspectivas internacionales y domésticas de una relación en constante evolución / Gustavo A. Esparza, Francisco J. Muñoz. - Madrid ; Barcelona ; Buenos Aires ; São Paulo : Marcial Pons, 2016. - 523 pages. ; 24 cm. - (Monografías jurídicas. Mercantil) Bibliography: page 491-505. - Includes bibliographical references. - 2016
Keywords: Argentina, Commercial arbitration, Insolvency law, Comparative law, International commercial arbitration, International insolvency law,

2. Landscape and Taxation: the Minor Instruments
Landscape and Taxation: the Minor Instruments / Silvia Giorgi. - Cheltenham, UK : Edward Elgar Publishing. - Pages 249-260 In: The Green Market Transition / edited by Stefan E. Weishaar, Larry Kreiser, Janet E. Milne, Hope Ashiabor, Michael Mehling, ISBN 9781788111164: vol. 19. - 2017
Keywords: European Union, United States of America, Landscape, Taxation, Pollution charges, Environmental protection, Comparative law, Environmental law, Environmental policy,

3. Tafsīr al-tašrīʻāt
Tafsīr al-tašrīʻāt : dirāsa muqārina, Miṣr, al-Imārāt / al-mustašār al-Duktūr ʻUlaywa Fatḥ al-Bāb. - Abū Ẓabī : Dāʼirat al-Qaḍāʼ, 2014. - 399 pages. ; 24 cm + 1 CD-ROM (3 1/8 in.) ISBN 978-9948-20-238-7 paperback - 2014
Keywords: Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Legal hermeneutics and legal interpretation, Interpretation, General Principles of law, Comparative law,



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    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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