Comparative Law offers a thorough grounding in the subject for students and scholars of comparative law alike, critically debating both traditional and modern approaches to the subject and using examples from a range of legal systems gives the reader a truly global perspective. Covering essential academic debates and comparative law methodology, its contextualised approach draws on examples from politics, economics and development studies to provide an original contribution to topics of comparative law. This new edition: is fully revised and updated throughout to reflect contemporary research, contains more examples from many areas of law and there is also an increased discussion of the relevance of regional, international, transnational and global laws for comparative law. Suitable for students taking courses in comparative law and related fields, this book offers a fresh contextualised and cosmopolitan perspective on the subject.
Mathias Siems is a Professor of Commercial Law at the University of Durham. He is also a Research Associate at the Centre for Business Research, University of Cambridge, a Research Associate at the London Centre for Corporate Governance and Ethics, Birkbeck, University of London, and an Invited Fellow at the Maastricht European Law Institute. He has previously held positions as professor at the University of East Anglia, reader at the University of Edinburgh, associate professor at the Riga Graduate School of Law, Fulbright Scholar at Harvard Law School, and Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence. Support for the first edition of this book was provided by the Philip Leverhulme Prize 2010.
1. Introduction; Part I. Traditional Comparative Law: 2. The comparative legal method; 3. Common law and civil law; 4. Mapping the world's legal systems; Part II. Extending the Methods of Comparative Law: 5. Postmodern comparative law; 6. Socio-legal comparative law; 7. Numerical comparative law; Part III. Global Comparative Law: 8. Legal transplants; 9. Convergence, regionalisation, and internationalisation; 10. From transnational law to global law; 11. Comparative law and development; Part IV. Comparative Law as an Open Subject: 12. Implicit comparative law; 13. Reflections and outlook.