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Danny Pieters & Bert Demarsin - Comparing Law

The Challenging World of Law

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Our current society is globalized like never before. Companies work internationally, shops are filled with products from all over the globe, people travel at an unprecedented rate and are connected to people from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. The unfamiliar was never this near and lawyers are increasingly confronted with border-crossing legal matters.

Today’s lawyer is expected to have knowledge of the law in their own jurisdiction, but also of the rules and regulations in foreign places. It is the reason why Comparative Law is a mandatory topic at almost every university. The manual Comparing Law is a basic introduction into comparative law. What is comparative law, why do we practice it, and which methods are used? These and many other questions are discussed about comparative law as method and science.

The book will familiarize you with the legal system of several important jurisdictions, like the United States, United Kingdom, Russia, China, Japan, India, Brazil, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium. And the Israeli, Islamic, and African legal systems are also explained in more detail.

Comparing Law also shows how you can approach a few practical issues. The authors want to contribute to your understanding of how law is different all over the world. This leads to an inspiring voyage through the challenging world of law and comparative law.

To be published in September 2022 | Paperback | ca. 340 pages | ca. 126,000 words
Over 2,000 copies sold
Full English translation available
English edition published by Owl Press in co-edition with Amsterdam University Press

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Danny Pieters is full professor at the University of Leuven, Belgium, where he teaches comparative law and social security law. He published many articles and books on both topics. He was chairman of the Belgian Senate, is currently a member of the Academia Europeae, and correspondent for the German Society for Comparative Law.

Bert Demarsin is senior lecturer at the University of Leuven, Belgium, where he teaches the bachelor’s programs for comparative law and the introductions to legal science and legal methodology. In terms of research, his primary activities are with art and cultural heritage law, which he studies from a comparative legal perspective.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Preface

PART I - LAW COMPARISON: GENERAL PRINCIPLES

1. What is law comparison?
2. Why law comparison?
3. How to compare law?
4. How to group countries?

PART II - EXPLORATION OF SOME KEY JURISDICTIONS

1. General introduction
2. France
3. Germany
4. Belgium
5. The Netherlands
6. United Kingdom
7. United States of America
8. Russia
9. China
10. Japan
11. Brazil
12. India
13. Israel
14. Islamic law
15. Sub-Saharan African law

PART III – PUBLIC AND PRIVATE LAW COMPARED: SOME ILLUSTRATIONS

1. Polity and authority
2. Persons and their family
3. Tortious and contractual liability

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