Judicial Recourse to Foreign Law

A New Source of Inspiration?

By Basil Markesinis, Jorg Fedtke

© 2007 – Routledge-Cavendish

440 pages

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Paperback: 9780415443487
pub: 2007-05-01
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About the Book

Accessible and clearly structured, this is the first book to include examinations of public and private law in the discussion about access to foreign laws. With commentaries by an international collection of leading judges in the field, it looks at the practice in a range of countries spread across the globe.

In jurisprudence an exchange of ideas is essential, as there is no monopoly of wisdom. Legal convergence is particularly beneficial to both public law, as constitution building is done in so many parts of the world, and to commercial law, where enhanced communication, trade and information mean that people have to work more closely together. This book:

  • examines the theme of judicial mentality and how it helps or hinders recourse to foreign ideas
  • raises and addresses the dangers that accompany comparative law and judicial creativity
  • looks at the practice in America, Canada, England, France, Germany, Italy, Israel, South Africa and at the European Court of Justice.

Ideal for practitioners and academics, it is an essential read for those working in or studying jurisprudence at undergraduate or postgraduate level.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Setting the Scene 2. A Quick Glance at Seven Jurisdictions 3. When Should Such Dialogue Take Place? 4. Dangers and Obstacles to the Use of Foreign Law 5. Mental Disposition as a Factor Impeding Recourse to Foreign Law 6. Conclusions. Postscript. Judicial Commentaries

About the Series

UT Austin Studies in Foreign and Transnational Law

The UT Studies in Foreign and Transnational Law series aims to publish books covering various aspects of foreign, private, criminal and public law, as well as transnational law. The broad ambition of the series underlines the editors' belief that in a shrinking world there is a growing need go beyond describing foreign systems; to expand our knowledge of other legal orders  (national or supernational) and to publish books discussing comparative methodology.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / International