Interdisciplinary Study and Comparative Law (JCL Studies in Comparative Law No. 15)

Interdisciplinary Study and Comparative Law (JCL Studies in Comparative Law No. 15)

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This book, which is dedicated to the memory of distinguished scholar Professor Simon Roberts, is a collection of essays exploring themes and issues in the relationship between comparative legal studies and other disciplines in the social sciences and humanities.

Law does not exist in a vacuum, and an appreciation of the social, cultural and other factors affecting it may often be helpful for a sounder understanding of its nature and significance, especially when law is considered in a broader, comparative, context. Insights drawn from other disciplines may therefore be especially appropriate for comparative legal studies, but the use of those insights raises various questions, such as the manner in which other disciplines-given their own distinctive concerns and modes of analysis-characterise the nature and significance of law and legal institutions. Interdisciplinary study also encourages us to ask how cognate disciplines and their arguments are seen, used and maltreated in comparative legal studies, as well as the pitfalls which await scholars from other disciplines who venture into law.

The essays in this collection offer a unique contribution to these and other aspects of the use of interdisciplinarity in comparative law. The contributors cover a broad range of disciplines and topics. Nicholas Foster, Maria Federica Moscati and Michael Palmer offer some general observations; Eric Heinze examines basic theoretical problems of comparative law by analogy to a comparative literary model; Jaakko Husa considers the nature and problems of `Interdisciplinary Comparative Law'; Dionysia Katelouzou explores the value of quantitative methods drawn from the fields of economics and finance; Karen McAuliffe examines issues of law, language and translation; Fernanda Pirie considers the significance of historical studies for anthropological understandings of non-state law; Marian Roberts examines the influences of interdisciplinarity on the development and practice of UK family mediation; Mathias Siems speaks to the use in comparative legal studies of insights drawn from other comparative disciplines; Florian Wagner-von Papp explores issues in the relationship between comparative law and economics, while Gary Watt contrasts economics-based interdisciplinarity to the humanities approach; Simon Roberts draws on anthropological approaches to negotiation for understanding civil justice issues; and Sir Ross Cranston reflects on the value of an important area of Simon Roberts' interdisciplinary work.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 294 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 23mm | 600g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0854902104
  • 9780854902101

Table of contents

The Literary Model in Comparative Law: Shakespeare, Corneille, Racine
Interdisciplinary Comparative Law - Between Scylla and Charybdis?
A Leximetric Approach to Comparative Corporate Governance: The Case of Hedge Fund Activism
Translating Ambiguity
Comparison in the Anthropology and History of Law
A View from the Coal Face: Interdisciplinary Influences on Family Mediation in the United Kingdom
`Listing Concentrates the Mind': the English Civil Court as an Arena for Structured Negotiation
Review of Simon Roberts' Last Book: A Court in the City. Civil and Commercial Litigation at the Beginning of the 21st Century
Bringing in Foreign Ideas: The Quest for `Better Law' in Implicity Comparative Law
Comparative Law & Economics and the `Egg-Laying Wool-Milk Sow'
The Poverty of Economics and theHope for Humanities in Comparative Law
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