Interview with Uwe Kischel on his book Comparative Law (OUP 2019)

Uwe Kischel’s comprehensive treatise on comparative law offers a critical introduction to the central tenets of comparative legal scholarship. The first part of the book is dedicated to general aspects of comparative law. The controversial question of methods, in particular, is addressed by explaining and discussing different approaches, and by developing a contextual approach that … Continue reading Interview with Uwe Kischel on his book Comparative Law (OUP 2019)

Catherine Valcke – Comparing Law: Comparative Law as Reconstruction of Collective Commitments (forthcoming Cambridge University Press, 25th October 2018)

Traditional comparative law is doing just fine. At any rate much better than has been claimed. It is not theoretically random, scientifically aimless and/or methodologically void, thus an intellectually empty and socially inconsequential form of entertainment, on a par with stamp collecting and baseball statistics hoarding. Only, comparative lawyers have historically been remarkably tight-lipped about … Continue reading Catherine Valcke – Comparing Law: Comparative Law as Reconstruction of Collective Commitments (forthcoming Cambridge University Press, 25th October 2018)

New Publication: Mathias Siems, Comparative Law, 2nd edition (Cambridge University Press 2018)

According to the late John Henry Merryman ‘lawyers are professionally parochial. Comparative law is our effort to be cosmopolitan’. This statement may seem exaggerated, but there is also a good deal of truth in it. Most lawyers are almost entirely trained and specialised in the law of their domestic jurisdiction. Thus, as soon as lawyers … Continue reading New Publication: Mathias Siems, Comparative Law, 2nd edition (Cambridge University Press 2018)

BACL Annual Seminar 2017 ‘Comparing UK and Irish law: A special relationship? Joint Seminar of the British Association of Comparative Law and the Irish Society of Comparative Law

The British Association of Comparative Law (BACL) held its annual seminar, jointly with the Irish Society of Comparative Law, at University College, Dublin on 5 September 2017. To celebrate BACL’s first annual seminar in Ireland, the seminar reflected on the relationship between UK and Irish law in the fields of land law, banking regulation, language … Continue reading BACL Annual Seminar 2017 ‘Comparing UK and Irish law: A special relationship? Joint Seminar of the British Association of Comparative Law and the Irish Society of Comparative Law

Adams and Van Hoecke – Comparative disciplines and comparative law: epistemological and methodological issues

Comparative Law has long been faced with a problem of methodology. Traditional national legal doctrine has always focused on the identification of the valid law and the interpretation of texts aiming at maintaining coherence within the legal system. At the same time adapting the law to changing circumstances and views in society has no doubt … Continue reading Adams and Van Hoecke – Comparative disciplines and comparative law: epistemological and methodological issues

24th March 2017 – Comparative public law in Europe – British Academy

This conference “Comparative public law in Europe – Opportunities and Challenges” is organized by the Essex School of Law and financially supported by a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award. It is held at the British Academy (10-11 Carlton House Terrace, St. James’s, London SW1Y 5AH) on 24th March 2017 (from 8:45 to 17:30). This … Continue reading 24th March 2017 – Comparative public law in Europe – British Academy

Bell, John, “Account – Samuel Fest – 2 December 2016”

A celebratory seminar was held in honour of Geoffrey Samuel, hosted by the Kent Law School in Paris on 2 December 2016. It took various themes from legal reasoning. Among the contributions were papers from Pierre Legrand, François Ost and Pietro Monateri. PIERRE LEGRAND gave a major paper in which he examined claims to objectivity … Continue reading Bell, John, “Account – Samuel Fest – 2 December 2016”