Legal Traditions of the World

Legal Traditions of the World : Sustainable Diversity in Law

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This prize-winning work offers a major new means of conceptualizing law and legal relations across the world. National laws are placed in the broader context of major legal traditions, those of chthonic (or indigenous) law, talmudic law, civil law, islamic law, common law, hindu law and confucian law. Each tradition is examined in terms of its institutions and substantive law, its founding concepts and methods, its attitude towards the concept of change and its teaching on relations with other traditions and peoples. Legal traditions are explained in terms of multivalent and non-conflictual forms of logic and thought. This book will be invaluable to law students and lawyers engaged in comparative or transnational work, historians, social scientists, and all those interested in the legal traditions that underpin the world's major societies.
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  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 170.18 x 243.84 x 25.4mm | 816.46g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 4th Revised edition
  • 0199580804
  • 9780199580804
  • 434,675

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Reviews From The Previous Edition: "The book that needed to be written." --American Journal of Comparative Law "An effective antidote to the clash of civilizations." --Recht und Verfassung Ubersee "Illuminating and ground breaking work." --Stellenbosch Law Review "Glenn has succeeded magnificently." --Cambridge Law Journal "An opus extra ordinem." --European Review of Private Law "Sheer academic brilliance." --Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law "This text is learned (with amazing footnotes and a bibliography after almost every chapter) and very thought provoking." --Penny Booth, Times Higher Education Supplement
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About Patrick Glenn

H. Patrick Glenn is the Peter M. Laing Professor of Law, Faculty of Law and a Member of the International Academy of Comparative Law. Professor Glenn teaches and has research interests in the areas of comparative law, private international law, civil procedure and the legal professions. The first edition of Legal Traditions of the World (Oxford University Press, 2000) received the Grand Prize of the International Academy of Comparative Law. He is a former Director of the Institute of Comparative Law, McGill University, and in that capacity worked on projects on the reform of the Russian Civil Code and judicial education in China. He is a member of the Royal Society of Canada and the International Academy of Comparative Law and has been a Bora Laskin National Fellow in Human Rights Law, a Killam Research Fellow, and a Visiting Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford.
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Table of contents

1. A Theory of Tradition? The Changing Presence of the Past ; 2. Between Traditions: Identity, Persuasion and Survival ; 3. A Chthonic Legal Tradition: to Recycle the World ; 4. A Talmudic Legal Tradition: the Perfect Author ; 5. A Civil Law Tradition: the Centrality of the Person ; 6. An Islamic Legal Tradition: the Law of the Later Revelation ; 7. A Common Law Tradition: the Ethic of Adjudication ; 8. A Hindu Legal Tradition: the Law of King, but which Law? ; 9. A Confucian Legal Tradition: Make it new (with Marx?) ; 10. Reconciling Legal Traditions: Sustainable Diversity in Law
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