The Method and Culture of Comparative Law

Essays in Honour of Mark Van Hoecke

Edited by: Maurice Adams, Dirk Heirbaut

Awareness of the need to deepen the method and methodology of legal research is only recent. The same is true for comparative law, by nature a more adventurous branch of legal research, which is often something researchers simply do, whenever they look at foreign legal systems to answer one or more of a range of questions about law, whether these questions are doctrinal, economic, sociological, etc. Given the diversity of comparative research projects, the precise contours of the methods employed, or the epistemological issues raised by them, are, to a great extent, a function of the nature of the research questions asked. As a result, the search for a unique, one-size-fits-all comparative law methodology is unlikely to be fruitful. That, however, does not make reflection on the method and culture of comparative law meaningless. Mark Van Hoecke has been interested in many topics throughout his career, but legal theory, comparative law, and methodology of law stand out. Building upon his work, this festschrift, which is now available in paperback, brings together a group of leading authors working at the crossroads of these themes: the method and culture of comparative law. ** "In this beautifully produced volume, leading theorists and researchers look at significant aspects of their fields...As a whole, the most important contribution of this volume, however, is having collected essays which all indicate, in various ways, the role of comparative law in enhancing knowledge not only of law but also society, of context and interdisciplinary approaches, and of the significant place of imaginative interpretation for our understanding of law and society." -- Esin Orucu, The Edinburgh Law Review [Subject: Comparative Law, Legal History, Legal Philosophy]

Publication Date: 12/3/2015
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9781509905003

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