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. Warum Verfassungsvergleichung?
Warum Verfassungsvergleichung? / von Prof. Dr. Brun-Otto Bryde In: Jahrbuch des öffentlichen Rechts der Gegenwart = ISSN 0075-2517: vol. 64, page 431-441. - 2016
Keywords: Constitutional law, Constitutional theory, Comparative law,

2. The Eurasian Economic Union: an EU- Inspired Legal Order and Its Limits
The Eurasian Economic Union: an EU- Inspired Legal Order and Its Limits / Maksim Karliuk In: Review of Central and East European Law = ISSN 0925-9880: vol. 41, issue 1, page 50-72. - 2016
Keywords: Eurasian Economic Community, European Union, Regionalism, Comparative law,

3. Transatlantic perspectives on Reverse Patent Settlements
Transatlantic perspectives on Reverse Patent Settlements / Marek Krzysztof Kolansiński In: European Competition Law Review = ISSN 0144-3054: vol. 38, issue 10, page 451-456. - 2017
Keywords: United States of America, European Union, Competition, Pharmaceuticals, Patents, Damages, Comparative law,

4. Report on the Concept of 'Arbitrability' under the New York Convention
Report on the Concept of 'Arbitrability' under the New York Convention / Pascal Hollander In: Dispute Resolution International = ISSN 2075-5333: vol. 11, issue 1, page 47-65. - 2017
Keywords: International commercial arbitration, Arbitration clause, Subject matter, Recognition and execution of foreign arbitral awards, Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (New York, 10 June 1958), 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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