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. La lutte contre le terrorisme dans les politiques migratoires et d'asile aux États-Unis et en Espagne
La lutte contre le terrorisme dans les politiques migratoires et d'asile aux États-Unis et en Espagne / Cecilia Domínguez Valverde ; préface d'Hélène Ruiz Fabri. - Paris : IRJS Éditions, 2017. - XIII, 420 pages. ; 24 cm. - (Bibliothèque de l'Institut de recherche juridique de la Sorbonne - André Tunc, ISSN 2107-1691 ; tome 86) Based on the author's thesis (Université de Paris - Sorbonne). - Includes bibliography and index. - 2017
Keywords: United States of America, Spain, Terrorism, Emigration and immigration, Refugees, Asylum, Comparative law,

2. Sulṭāt raʾīs al-ǧumhūriyya fī al-dasatīr al-Miṣriyya
Sulṭāt raʾīs al-ǧumhūriyya fī al-dasatīr al-Miṣriyya : dustūr 1971, 2012, al-taʿdīl al-dustūrī 2014 : dirāsa muqārina maʿa al-duwal al-dīmuqrāṭiyya ḏāt al-niẓām al-muḵtaliṭ, Faransā, al-Burtuġāl, Būlandā, Sulūfanyā wa-ġayrihā min al-duwal / iʿdād al-mustašār al-Duktūr Māǧid Mamdūh Šabīṭa. - al-Qāhira : Dār al-Nahḍa al-ʿArabiyya, 2016. - 795 pages. ; 24 cm ISBN 978-977-04-8109-7 hardback - 2016
Keywords: Copts, Heads of State and Heads of government, Constitutional law, Constitutions, Democracy, Comparative law,



  • (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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