The Cambridge Companion to Comparative Law
We can only claim to understand another legal system when we know the context surrounding the positive law in which lawyers are trained. To avoid ethnocentricity and superficiality, we must go beyond judicial decisions, doctrinal writings and the black-letter law of codes and statutes and probe the 'deeper structures' where law meets cultural, political, socio-economic factors. It is only when we acquire such awareness and knowledge of the critical factors affecting both the backgrounds and implications of rules that it becomes possible to control the present and possibly future developments of the world's legal institutions. This collection of essays aims to provide the reader with a fundamental understanding of the dynamic relationship between the law and its cultural, political and socio-economic context.
• Improves the readers' awareness of both the historical backgrounds and actual implications of comparative law methodology• Examines current and possible future developments of legal institutions and issues affecting legal life of private, business and public actors• Provides scholars and students with a reasonable size and user friendly reservoir of legal perspectives