This third edition of the modern classic Zweigert & Kotz's Introduction to Comparative Law is fully revised and updated, but its familiar structure and easy style remain the same. The book first discusses the nature of Comparative Law, its functions, aims, methods and history, and then it surveys the main features of the major legal families of the world. In the second part it provides a model of comparative law in action, comparing, contrasting and evaluating the different approaches and solutions of the major legal systems. As well as offering an excellent grounding in comparative private law, this book is an essential base for further research.
Hein Koetz is Director of the Max-Planck Institute for Foreign and International Private Law in Hamburg, he is also sometime Goodhart Professor of Law at Cambridge University and occasional professor at many Universities, including Chicago and Tel Aviv. Konrad Zweigert is the Late Director of the Max-Planck Institute. Tony Weir is a Fellow of Trinity College and Reader in Law in the University of Cambridge. He has translated a large number of legal texts into English to considerable acclaim.
PART I; A. GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS; B. THE LEGAL FAMILIES OF THE WORLD; I. THE ROMANISTIC LEGAL FAMILY; BII. THE GERMANIC LEGAL FAMILY; III. THE ANGLO-AMERICAN LEGAL FAMILY; IV. THE NORDIC LEGAL FAMILY; V. LAW IN THE FAR EAST; VI. RELIGIOUS LEGAL SYSTEMS; PART II; A. CONTRACT; I. THE FORMATION OF CONTRACTS; II. THE PERFORMANCE OF CONTRACTS; B. UNJUSTIFIED ENRICHMENT; C. TORT