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As distinguished from comparisons based on nineteenth-century novels or contemporary religions or medieval political regimes, a comparative legal study makes problematic what is apprehended as the law (although no canonical definition of this term obtains). Unlike investigations limited to aspects of municipal or international law, comparison of laws engages different (often national) laws.

Comparing Laws and Comparing Laws

Comparison is present whenever an author socialized into one law devotes research to another. It is made more visible if the research explicitly refers to more than one law. It is even more recognizable if the laws studied are made to enter into negotiation with one another. While no consensus has been reached about principles, methods, modes of problem specification, types of argumentation, forms of narration, standards of ...

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