A Research Agenda for Comparative Law

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A Research Agenda for Comparative Law

9781035317493 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Jaakko Husa, Professor in Law and Globalisation, University of Helsinki, Finland
Publication Date: September 2024 ISBN: 978 1 03531 749 3 Extent: c 238 pp
This prescient Research Agenda explores how comparative law has developed significantly in this century, offering insights into different perspectives on its scope, methods and outlook. It addresses the similarities and differences between legal systems and traditions, expressing why pluralistic methodology strengthens comparative law as a discipline.

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Elgar Research Agendas outline the future of research in a given area. Leading scholars are given the space to explore their subject in provocative ways, and map out the potential directions of travel. They are relevant but also visionary.

This prescient Research Agenda explores how comparative law has developed significantly in this century, offering insights into different perspectives on its scope, methods and outlook. It addresses the similarities and differences between legal systems and traditions, expressing why pluralistic methodology strengthens comparative law as a discipline.

Chapters cover critical topics including decolonial comparative law, comparative law and cyberspace, and anthropological approaches to comparative law, ultimately constructing a theoretical framework that builds towards future potential research ventures. Editor Jaakko Husa brings together a strong collective of experts to illustrate how the plurality and interdisciplinary nature of the field does not necessarily lead researchers to a single, normative path.

Legal scholars seeking new avenues for comparative law studies will find this Research Agenda highly inspiring, whilst students will also benefit from the book’s leading scholarly insights.
Critical Acclaim
‘Jaakko Husa has the unique capacity of combining acuity and seriousness in the description of the current comparative law environment, with a clear vision of some of the possible directions which should be taken by legal comparison, in present and future research. This insightful book provides a fresh, honest and reasonable agenda of comparative law and should be read by every doctoral student and established scholar who seriously intends to navigate towards the future of this fascinating discipline.’
– Elena Ioriatti, University of Trento, Italy

‘This innovative and refreshing book provides a highly accessible overview of future directions in comparative law. Internationally acclaimed expert Jaakko Husa brings together intellectually stimulating contributions that show the way forward for a new generation of comparative law scholars. This volume provides nothing less than a celebration of diversity in current comparative law scholarship.’
– Jan Smits, Maastricht University, the Netherlands

‘These stimulating essays shed new light on the relationship between the comparative study of law and some of the many academic disciplines with which it interacts. This collection is essential reading for anyone who wants to know what comparative law is and where it''s going.’
– Richard Kay, University of Connecticut, US
Contents
Contents:

Preface ix
1 Introduction: A Research Agenda for Comparative Law 1
Jaakko Husa
2 Regimes of knowledge production in comparative
and global legal history: past, present and future? 15
Thomas Duve
3 From the local to the global: anthropological
approaches to legal comparison 39
Fernanda Pirie
4 Decolonial comparative law: FAQ 61
Ralf Michaels
5 Legal education and comparative law: an
epistemological agenda 87
Geoffrey Samuel
6 ‘By your powers combined’: the elucidatory role
of comparative socio-legal research 107
Jennifer Hendry
7 For comparative legal studies 127
Michael Palmer
8 Why languages (as input for knowledge
construction) are central objects in comparative law 155
Jan Engberg
9 Comparative law and cyberspace 175
Catalina Goanta
10 Comparative law and Chinese legal tradition:
through the lens of judicial precedent 195
Qiao Liu
11 Conclusion: A Research Agenda for Comparative Law 215
Jaakko Husa

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