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Comparative Law in the Courtroom and Classroom

The Story of the Last Thirty-Five Years

By: Basil S Markesinis
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Published: 20-03-2003
Format: Hardback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 306
ISBN: 9781841133980
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Dimensions: 216 x 138 mm
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About Comparative Law in the Courtroom and Classroom

This book presents an original, deliberately controversial and, at times, disturbing appraisal of the state of comparative law at the beginning of the 21st century: its weaknesses, its strengths, and its protagonists (most of whom were personally known to the author) during the preceding thirty-five years. It is also a reminder of the unique opportunities the subject has in our shrinking world. The author brings to bear his experience of thirty-five years as a teacher of the subject to criticise the impact the long association with Roman law has had on the orientation and well being of his subject. With equal force, he also warns against some modern trends linking it with variations of the critical legal studies movement, and urges the study of foreign law in a way that can make it more attractive to practitioners and more usable by judges. At the end of the day, this monograph represents a passionate call for greater intellectual co-operation and offers one way of achieving it. A co-operation between practitioners and academics on the one hand and between Common and (modern) Civilian lawyers on the other, in an attempt to save the subject from the marginalisation it suffered in the 1980s and from which the globalisation movement of the 21st century may be about to deliver it.

Table Of Contents

Table of Cases
1. Reflections on the State of Comparative Law I: The Twilight of the Heroes
1. Of Ghettoes and Smart Neighbourhoods
2. Decline
2. Reflections on the State of Comparative Law II: The Death of Heroes and the Era of Societal Needs
1. The Emergence of a Strategy
2. The Rabel Method Over Time
3. Functional Specificity: More of the Same Medicine
4. Old (Bad) Habits and New (Silly) Threats
5. From Heroes to Movements of Contemporary Globalisation
3. Spreading the Gospel (and the Name of the Evangelist)
1. Aims to be Pursued
2. Warnings and Caveats
3. Some Raw Data
4. Drawing the First Lessons
5. The Situation in Germany
6. The Case of South Africa
7. A Postscript
4. Foreign Law Inspiring National Law: Lessons from Greatorex v Greatorex
1. The Theory Put into Practice
2. The German Model
3. The Application of the German Idea to Greatorex
4. Unresolved Questions
5. The American Dimension
6. Some Tentative Conclusions
5. The Focused Approach in Public Law
1. Introduction
2. A Study in Parallel
3. The Reasoning of the Courts
4. In Search of a Rapprochement
5. Wider Conclusions
6. Reflecting on the Future: An Epilogue
Appendix 1: Correspondence Between Lord Atkin and Professor H C Gutteridge
Appendix 2: The German Approach
Appendix 3: Databases Searched


“...the book stands out as a deep moral demand, without cant or humbug or hypocrisy…In short, it is the perfect medium for beginners, practitioners, lecturers in comparative law, and for anyone seeking information, backup, or starting points, for a discussion about the utility of studying foreign law and developing an attractive comparative methodology.” –  Guido Alpa, International and Comparative Law Quarterly, Vol 55, Part 2

“[Markesini's] depiction both of the historical background and of future objectives is captivating.” –  Professor Dr Graf von Bernstorff, Außenwirtschaftliche Praxis

“This is an amusing, stimulating, and sometimes controversial work by an outstanding scholar.

Professor Markesinis's book is clear, well documented and displays great learning There is no room for doubt that he has written an illuminating and sometimes provocative book, which will be found very rewarding by the large majority of those who purchase it.

” –  Frank Wooldridge, International and Comparative Law Quarterly

“The author provides a glowing insight, penetrative and sometimes caustic characterisation of some of the specialists of comparative law and their agendas” –  Professor Dr Peter Schlechtriem, Juristen Zeitung

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