COMPARATIVE LAW Slideshow #1. Course 522 LLM KiLAW Spring 2013 Dr Myra Williamson. Overview of this slideshow. Housekeeping A ttendance, location, website, Twitter, etc Textbooks and readings T eaching and learning Course outline D istribute & discuss
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KiLAW Spring 2013
Dr Myra Williamson
Key terms and ideas:
“the discipline consists of a comparison of the world’s legal systems or particular elements thereof in pursuit of a variety of academic and practical objectives”
Aristotle and Plato, sometimes called the ‘fathers’ of comparative law and politics
“The School of Athens” by Raphael
Image taken from University College London, Institute of Global Law, logo
Schlesinger says ‘to compare means to observe and to explain similarities as well as differences’… the emphasis is sometimes on differences and at other times on similarities. He talks of periods of ‘contractive’, which he also calls ‘contrastive’, comparison with the emphasis on differences, alternating with periods of what might be called ‘integrative’ comparison, i.e., comparison placing the main accents on similarities. Thus Schlesinger contrasts ‘integrative comparative law’ with ‘contractive or contrastive comparative law’. His conclusion is that the future belongs to ‘integrative comparative law’.