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January 2024
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Comparative law is a common subject-matter of research and teaching in many universities around the world, and the twenty-first century has aptly been termed 'the era of comparative law'. This Cambridge Handbook of Comparative Law presents a truly global perspective of comparative law today. The contributors are drawn from all parts of the world to provide different perspectives on how we understand the 'law' and how it operates in practice. In substance, the Handbook contains 36 chapters covering a broad range of topics, divided under the following headings: 'Methods of Comparative Law' (Part I), 'Legal Families and Geographical Comparisons' (Part II), 'Central Themes in Comparative Law' (Part III); and 'Comparative Law beyond the State' (Part IV).


‘An exceptionally interesting and innovative contribution to cosmopolitan comparative law. It offers many new perspectives from around the globe, on both traditional and emerging topics, and ranges widely to encompass law in spaces beyond and within the national state, and increasingly standard-based and technical methods of ruling.’

David Nelken - Professor of Comparative and Transnational Law at King’s College London

‘Some may argue that handbooks are outdated in the new digital world; our “information society” accesses whatever it needs online. This handbook offers a perfect counterargument to this tenuous claim. I am convinced that, because of its comprehensiveness and elaborate argument, this companion volume will serve as a premier authority for generations of comparatists, as well as other seekers of legal knowledge.’

Balázs Fekete - Professor of Law at Eötvös Loránd University

‘This is a rich, innovative and expertly written handbook. The fundamental thrust of this book is a critical appraisal of comparative law from multiple perspectives, ranging from methodologies, legal families, key themes, to non-state-centric fields. The handbook achieves a quantum leap for comparative law scholarship and surely points an adventurous route for those who wish to embark on deeper inquiries.’

Shen Wei - Distinguished Professor of Law at Shanghai Jiao Tong University Law School

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  • 1 - Introduction
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  • A New Handbook for Comparative Law in a Global Context

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