Judicial Recourse to Foreign Law: A New Source of Inspiration? (UT Austin Studies in Foreign and Transnational Law)

Judicial Recourse to Foreign Law: A New Source of Inspiration? (UT Austin Studies in Foreign and Transnational Law)

By: Jorg Fedtke (author), Sir Basil S. Markesinis (author)Hardback

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Accessible and clearly structured, this is the first book to include examinations of public and private law in the discussion about access to foreign laws. With commentaries by an international collection of leading judges in the field, it looks at the practice in a range of countries spread across the globe. In jurisprudence an exchange of ideas is essential, as there is no monopoly of wisdom. Legal convergence is particularly beneficial to both public law, as constitution building is done in so many parts of the world, and to commercial law, where enhanced communication, trade and information mean that people have to work more closely together. This book: * examines the theme of judicial mentality and how it helps or hinders recourse to foreign ideas * raises and addresses the dangers that accompany comparative law and judicial creativity * looks at the practice in America, Canada, England, France, Germany, Italy, Israel, South Africa and at the European Court of Justice. Ideal for practitioners and academics, it is an essential read for those working in or studying jurisprudence at undergraduate or postgraduate level.

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Sir Basil Markesinis, QC held senior teaching positions in Cambridge and Oxford before being elected to the Chair of Comon and Civil Law of University College London, a post he holds jointly with the Jamail Regents Chair at the University of Texas at Austin. He is one of the world's best known and prolific scholars in comparative law and legal integration, and has received high honours for his work in this field from the presidents of Italy, Germany, France and Greece. In 2005 he was made Knight Bachelor for 'Services to International Legal Relations'. Dr Jorg Fedtke is Reader in Laws at University College London, where he is Director of the Institute of Global Law and is also currently Visiting Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. In 2005 he was invited to act as an external advisor to the constitutional negotiations in Iraq. His research interests are in constitutional law, administrative law, comparative law and tort law.


Introduction 1. Setting the Scene 2. A Quick Glance at Seven Jurisdictions 3. When Should Such Dialogue Take Place? 4. Dangers and Obstacles to the Use of Foreign Law 5. Mental Disposition as a Factor Impeding Recourse to Foreign Law 6. Conclusions. Postscript. Judicial Commentaries

Product Details

  • publication date: 06/07/2006
  • ISBN13: 9781844721597
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 440
  • ID: 9781844721597
  • weight: 635
  • ISBN10: 1844721590

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