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Comparative law remains a small and relatively isolated area of
inquiry. There are two barriers to development of the field. First, with
the exception of taxation law and, possibly, divorce, comparative analysis
of law is of little use to practicing lawyers. Second, as I discovered in
a project on comparative rape law, it is difficult to gain access to the
primary data sources, especially outside North America and Western Europe.
In addition, there are few opportunities for interdisciplinary
study—despite the attention of the Law and Society Association.
Those who are not legal scholars need guides to the technical aspects of
legal research to make the work of specialists more accessible.