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Comparative Law




3 cr.

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If we are to understand the effect of different legal rules, the obvious way to do this is to compare what happens in different legal systems with different legal rules. This course utilizes the analytical methods of law and economics for the understanding of different legal institutions in a comparative perspective. In applying the methodology of law and economics to legal systems different from its home base of American law, the course exposes comparative law to the test of comparative of economic analysis. After a survey of the basic historical developments of the Western legal systems (from pre-Roman legal systems through the legal Renaissance, and Legal Humanism), this course considers the general features of foreign systems belonging to the Civil law tradition. The tradition includes all of the Continental European and Latin American countries. At least one third of the course focuses on selected problems of private law in civil and common law countries, comparing theoretical frameworks and judicial interpretive methods.


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