Remains the best overall introduction to the field, combining a clear presentation of legal systems with some of the theory and methodology behind the rationales for comparing institutions and concepts.
Split into two parts, this treatise examines the methods and issues that comparative law practitioneers face in society. The 19 essays in this book are written by experts within their fields from all over the world. They touch on everything from differences in legal education and law firm cultures to the studies of comparative sociology and anthropology of law.
Written to be accessible by both undergraduates and postgraduates, this book looks at common areas of substantive law, like commercial law and contracts and compares the laws within the major legal systems of the world. The latest edition looks outside of Europe to the Russian federation ans non-Western legal traditions as well.
This is a concise encyclopedia with a variety of entries written by noted scholars from the areas of specialization (such as administrative or criminal law). This monograph is easy to use and discusses both substantive topics within comparative law as well as the methodologies of comparative law.
Through three editions, each richer than the one before, Professor Merryman captures the essential characteristics of the civil law systems and places them in their historical context, from Roman and medieval law through the modern codification phenomenon.
This collection of essays seeks to look at the deper relationship between law and culture. The first half of the book focuses on understanding what comparative law is as a topic while the later essays focus on the various regions of the world and the legal traditions practiced therein.
Both English-derived common law and the often overlooked Roman-derived historical ius commune are explored to show how a hybrid system of law can be derived from several sources yet apply in one territory, both before and after national boundaries arose.
While the presentation of comparative law methodology contained in this treatment is not as introductory as its title suggests, it differs from other overviews in that it presents the approach used not only by different contemporary scholars, but also from within different legal systems.
Rather than focus solely on the theory behind comparative law, this book mingles essays from experienced comparative law attorneys with those of newer lawyers to give a mix of views on how the theory actually holds up in the real world of practice. This would be an excellent selection for anyone preparing to enter the international law arena or for those with only a couple of years worth of experience.