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Global Legal History
A Comparative Law Perspective

ISBN 9780367534202
Published June 30, 2020 by Routledge
226 Pages

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Book Description

This collection brings together a group of international legal historians to further scholarship in different areas of comparative and regional legal history. Authors are drawn from Europe, Asia, and the Americas to produce new insights into the relationship between law and society across time and space. The book is divided into three parts: legal history and legal culture across borders, constitutional experiences in global perspective, and the history of judicial experiences. The three themes, and the chapters corresponding to each, provide a balance between public law and private law topics, and reflect a variety of methodologies, both empirical and theoretical. The volume highlights the gains that may be made by comparing the development of law in different countries and different time periods.

The book will be of interest to an international readership in Legal History, Comparative Law, Law and Society, and History.

Table of Contents

List of figures

List of tables

List of contributors

Global comparative legal history: an introduction

Joshua C. Tate, José Reinaldo de Lima Lopes, and Andrés Botero-Bernal


Part I

Legal history and legal culture across borders

1 Sincerity Based Proper Relationship: Socrates and Confucius

Chi-Shing Chen

2 Legal Development from a Comparative Perspective: English contract law in the nineteenth century

Catharine MacMillan

3 Legal history and comparative perspective: a study of the Cuban experience

Fabricio Mulet Martínez

4 Bar associations and the circulation of legal knowledge: Argentina and Brazil, 1917-1943

Mariana de Moraes Silveira


Part II

Constitutional experiences in global perspective

5 Lessons from the History of Courts on the Review of Constitutional Amendments in Colombia

Mario Alberto Cajas-Sarria

6 The Revolutionary Constitution of 1917 in Mexico: From Individual Guarantees to Social Rights, 1917–1928

Humberto Morales Moreno

7 Presidential Impeachments in Brazil: Lessons from the Past and Challenges for the Future

Rafael Mafei Rabelo Queiroz


Part III

History of judicial experiences

8 Exclusion and Inclusion of the French Law on Neighboring Plots of Land in the Civil Codes of Francophone Switzerland, Louisiana, and Quebec: Reflections on the Relation between Law and Society

Asya Ostroukh

9 A Legal-Historical Chronicle of Rule-of-Law Narratives in Hong Kong

Andra le Roux-Kemp

10 Justice in the Ibero-American World in the Enlightenment Era

Andréa Slemian

11 Family Courts and Violence against Women in Guatemala, 1964-1996

John W. Wertheimer


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Joshua C. Tate is Professor of Law at Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law (Dallas, Texas, USA). He has been a visiting faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania Law School (Spring 2008), a Lloyd M. Robbins Senior Research Fellow at the University of California at Berkeley (Fall 2012), and a visiting scholar at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (Summer 2018). His research and teaching focus on legal history, property, and trusts and estates. From 2013 to 2015, he gave a series of more than sixty lectures in North and South America, Africa, Asia, and Europe in commemoration of the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. He is currently engaged in a study of the development of property rights and remedies in medieval England, focusing on the issues of jurisdictional conflict with regard to rights of presentation to churches.

José Reinaldo de Lima Lopes is Professor of Law at the Law School of the Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil, where he teaches jurisprudence, legal theory, and legal history. His publications include a history of Brazilian legal culture (Naturalismo jurídico no pensamento brasileiro [Legal naturalism in Brazilian legal thought], São Paulo, Saraiva, 2014) and of the Brazilian Council of State in the XIXth century (O Oráculo de Delfos [The Oracle of Delphi], São Paulo, Saraiva, 2010). He also contributed to the Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History, with the entries on Brazil and Portuguese colonial law. He has been a visiting professor at several universities abroad, including Bogotá, Colombia (2001); Munich, Germany (2002); Toulouse, France (2016); and Bordeaux, France (2018). He was also awarded the prize of best legal book of the year in 2006 by the Câmara Brasileira do Livro.

Andrés Botero-Bernal is Professor of Philosophy at the Philosophy School of the Universidad Industrial de Santander (Bucaramanga, Colombia), where he teaches and researches legal philosophy and legal history. His latest books are about the history and the basis of the oath given by witnesses in a judicial process and the history of legal positivism, with both texts to be published by the Universidad Industrial de Santander.