Monday, 21 April 2008

The End or Rise of Comparative Law?

See Jacco Bomhoff’s comparative law blog with a review of Bénédicte Fauvarque-Cosson’s 'Walter van Gerven' Lecture and my comments.

Friday, 11 April 2008

Comparative Law: Who is the Elephant in the Room?

I just posted a book review at ssrn. Link and paper here
Abstract: In the last two years three important comparative law handbooks have been published (“Comparative Law: A Handbook”, ed. by Örücü and Nelken 2007; “The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Law”, ed. by Rei­mann and Zimmermann 2006; “Elgar Encyclopaedia of Comparative Law”, ed. by Smits 2006). The authors of these handbooks can be regarded as today’s leading comparative lawyers. However, one may be wondering whether there is an “elephant in the room” that is missed by all three handbooks. Based on hits in the Westlaw’s database WORLD-JLR it can indeed be suggested that two of the most-cited comparatists have been ignored: on the one hand Pierre Legrand, and on the other Rafael La Porta (as a proxy for the new quantitative comparative methodology).