Legal Traditions of the World: Sustainable Diversity in Law

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Oxford University Press, 2007 - Law - 395 pages
This prize-winning work offers a major new means of conceptualizing law and legal relations across the world. National laws are placed in the broader context of major legal traditions, those of chthonic (or indigenous) law, Talmudic law, civil law, Islamic law, common law, Hindu law, and Asian law. Each tradition is examined in terms of its institutions and substantive law, its founding concepts and methods, its attitude towards the concept of change, and its teaching on relations with other traditions and peoples. Legal traditions are explained in terms of multivalent and non-conflictual forms of logic and thought.
This title is suitable for both undergraduates and postgraduates in comparative law courses worldwide. It may also be of interest to those studying legal history, legal philosophy, international development, international human rights, and international business.
Features
. Was awarded the Grand Prize of the International Academy of International Law.
. Offers comprehensive coverage of all major legal traditions and their contexts.
. Incorporates a level of scholarship and analysis that surpasses all other comparative law textbooks.
. Adopts a genuinely global perspective, making it an invaluable resource for courses worldwide.
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Contents

1 A THEORY OF TRADITION? THE CHANGING PRESENCE OF THE PAST
1
IDENTITY PERSUASION AND SURVIVAL
31
TO RECYCLE THE WORLD
58
THE PERFECT AUTHOR
93
THE CENTRALITY OF THE PERSON
125
THE LAW OF A LATER REVELATION
171
THE ETHIC OF ADJUDICATION
224
THE LAW AS KING BUT WHICH LAW?
273
MAKE IT NEW WITH MARX?
303
SUSTAINABLE DIVERSITY IN LAW
344
Index
367
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H. Patrick Glenn is the Peter M. Laing Professor of Law, Faculty of Law and Institute of Comparative Law, McGill University.

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