2011

(Vol. 16) “Methodological Approaches to Comparative Law”

The topic of comparative law is vast.  It bridges oceans and whole continents.  However, the methodology of comparative law varies in approach.  Is it even worth studying comparative law of closely situated nations?  Should science play a role in the methodology of comparative law?  Or should comparative law be studied through the history and memory of the individuals of a nation?  All of these questions and more are discussed in this symposium which proved to be insightful and engaging.

Symposium Participants and Topics:

Chris Nwachukwu Okeke, Professor of Law, Golden Gate University School of Law, San Francisco, California. Topic:  “African Law in Comparative Law:  Does Comparativism Have Worth?”

Edward J. Eberle, Visiting Professor, Boston University School of Law, Distinguished Research Professor Law, Roger Williams University School of Law. Topic:  “The Methodology of Comparative Law.”

Peter E. Quint, Jacob E. France Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Maryland School of Law. Topic:  “A Return to Luth.

Colin B. Picker, Associate Professor, Law Faculty, University New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. Topic:  “Comparative Law Methodology & American Legal Culture: Obstacles and Opportunities.”

Vivia Grosswald Curran, Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh. Topic:  “History, Memory and Law.”

David J. Gerber, Distinguished Professor Law, Chicago Kent College of Law. Topic:  “Method, Community & Comparative Law: An Encounter With Complexity Science.”

Amalia D. Kessler, Professor of Law, Stanford Law School. Topic:  “The Making and Debunking of Legal Tradition.”