Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Comparative Law project: looking for inspiration…

A few months ago I signed a contract to write a book on Comparative Law for CUP’s Law in Context series. Now, I have really started with this project. The main idea is to provide a new contextual perspective on comparative law, distinguishing it from the present main textbooks. So, to anyone reading this blog, please let me know if you come across an interesting paper, website, conference etc. that could inspire me in my new project!

Monday, 14 June 2010

ISNIE 2010

This week I’m going to the 14th Annual Conference of The International Society for New Institutional Economics (ISNIE) in Stirling. The papers of the conference are available here. I'm going to present "Language, Legal Origins, and Culture Before the Courts: Cross-Citations Between Supreme Courts in Europe", jointly written with Martin Gelter and available here.

Saturday, 12 June 2010

Guardian university league table 2011

Following the rankings by the Independent and the Times (noted here and here) and my own citation ranking (available here – though completely unnoticed by the world...), the Guardian has just published its annual university league table (available here). There are some interesting differences both in the results and the methodology. The Guardian ranking is the only one of them that only aims to rank “teaching excellence”. To some extent, this may explain why some of the research-active universities are ranked poorly (e.g., Manchester just 51 out of 118). However, generally speaking, the Guardian ranking too ranks the research-active universities of the Russell Group and the 1994 Group ahead of the more teaching-focussed universities of the Million+ Group. A likely explanation is that some of the Guardian’s teaching variables actually proxy for research quality, for instance, entry standards and job prospects clearly do depend on what the public regards as “good universities” – and these are typically the research-active ones.