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October 2018
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The enterprise of comparative law is familiar, yet its conceptual whereabouts remain somewhat obscure. Comparing Law: Comparative Law as Reconstruction of Collective Commitments reconstructs comparative law scholarship into a systematic account of comparative law as an autonomous academic discipline. The point of that discipline is neither to harmonize world law, nor to emphasize its cultural diversity, but rather to understand each legal system on its own terms. As the proposed reconstruction exercise involves bridging comparative law and contemporary legal theory, it shows how comparative law and legal theory both stand to benefit from being exposed to each other. At a time when many courses are adding a transnational perspective, Valcke offers a more theoretical, broadened, and refreshed view of comparative law.


‘This insightful analysis of the current state of comparative law is sure to be a landmark – valuable both as a survey of the field and as a highly original contribution to the debates over comparative method.'

William Ewald - University of Pennsylvania

‘As comparative law becomes a more pervasive and more important field, the need for theoretical and practical reflection on the actual methods and point of comparison becomes even more pressing. Catherine Valcke's path breaking book not only provides the foundation for comparative law methodology, but also, in seeing comparison as focusing on commonalities as well as differences, offers a novel and provocative theory of the very idea of comparison.'

Frederick Schauer - David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Virginia

‘Catherine Valcke combines her vast knowledge in both jurisprudence and comparative law into a study that is both rigorously argued and thoroughly original. This fabulous book moves both disciplines forward in extremely needed ways.'

Ralf Michaels - Duke University, North Carolina

‘One can only thank Catherine Valcke for having contributed so meaningfully to this new, and much-needed, trend.’

Luca Siliquini-Cinelli - Edinburgh Law Review

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