What is Comparative Law?
Comparative Law is the act of comparing two or more different legal systems using legal methods. It entails the study of the disparities and similarities inherent in the legal systems of different countries. It involves the critical studying of existing different legal systems across the world, such as the English Common Law, the French Civil Law, the Chinese Law, Jewish Law, Canon Law, Socialist Law, Islamic Law, and the Hindu Law. Comparative Law also involves the description and in-depth analysis of foreign legal systems, which in turn, produces results that correlate to the cultural differences in the various legal systems being analyzed.
Proponents of Comparative Law in Modern Times
The modern day study of Comparative Law can first be attributed to the formal British jurist, Sir Henry Maine, who, in his work; Ancient Laws, laid the frame work for the building and development of legal systems in primitive societies and engaging critically in comparative discussions to that effect.
However, the popularity of Comparative Law today is mainly down to the tireless efforts of eminent legal jurists like Sujit Choudhry, which gave an informed understanding of foreign legal systems, especially in an era of globalization and complexity that basically underlines international public and private laws. Today, Comparative Law creates an avenue for the harmonization and unification of laws, resulting in better cooperation among international states, even as some national legislative houses are seen domesticating foreign laws; thereby creating a sense of common world order. For more, browse on blogs.law.nyu.edu.
Sujit Choudhry and Comparative Jurisprudence
Sujit Choudhry is regarded as the greatest proponent of contemporary Comparative Law! Professor Choudhry is an internationally recognized and highly respected authority on Comparative Constitutional Law and Building. A legal jurist of academic excellence, Sujit Choudhry holds law degrees from Oxford, Toronto and Harvard. As a constitutional lawyer, Professor Choudhry’s legal research emboldens a wide range of issues that centers in Comparative Constitutional Law, which advocate constitutional design as a decisive tool to undertake the transition from violent conflicts to peaceful and cordial democratic politics. Dean Choudhry is the founder and Faculty Director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions–the first University-based center in the world that actually generated and mobilized legal knowledge for constitutional development.
Professor Sujit Choudhry’s invaluable experience in serving as adviser to the process of constitutional building includes places such as Egypt, Sri-Lanka, Nepal, South Africa, Jordan, Ukraine, and lot a more. Choudhry has written and published over seventy book chapters, articles, reports and papers. Some notable edited collections includes; The Migration of Constitutional Ideas,’ Constitutional Design for Divided Societies,’ Dilemmas of Solidarity, etc, all of which are top sellers on Amazon. Presently, Choudhry a member of the UN Mediation Roster, an Executive member of the International Society of Public Law, and dozens of other legal societies, groups, and coveted positions being held by Professor Sujit Choudhry.