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An Introduction to Comparative Law

Third Edition

Konrad Zweigert and Hein Kötz
Translated by Tony Weir

July 1998

ISBN: 9780198268598

744 pages
Paperback
234x156mm

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This third edition of the modern classic Zweigert & Kötz's Introduction to Comparative Law is fully revised and updated, but its familiar structure and easy style remain the same. The book first discusses the nature of Comparative Law, its functions, aims, methods and history, and then it surveys the main features of the major legal families of the world. In the second part it provides a model of comparative law in action, comparing, contrasting and evaluating the different approaches and solutions of the major legal systems. As well as offering an excellent grounding in comparative private law, this book is an essential base for further research.

  • New edition is updated and contains much useful new material, including a chapter on Japanese law
  • Contains overview of Comparative law as a subject, its function and methodology
  • Outlines all the major legal systems of the world and details individual areas of law within these systems
  • It is extremely well written, and skilfully translated from the German by Tony Weir
  • The second edition of this volume is highly regarded world-wide and was translated into many languages including Italian, Japanese and Russian

New to this edition

  • Includes a chapter on Japanese Law
  • Contains overview of comparative law as a subject, its function and methodology
  • Outlines all the major legal systems of the world and details individual areas of law within these systems

About the Author(s)

Konrad Zweigert, Late Director, Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Private Law, Hamburg, and Hein Kötz, Director, Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Private Law, Hamburg

Translated by Tony Weir, Fellow, Trinity College, University of Cambridge

Table of Contents

    PART I
    Abbreviations
    Table of Cases
    A. GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS
    1:The Concept of Comparative Law
    2:The Functions and Aims of Comparative Law
    3:The Method of Comparative Law
    4:The History of Comparative Law
    B. THE LEGAL FAMILIES OF THE WORLD
    5:The Style of Legal Families
    I. THE ROMANISTIC LEGAL FAMILY
    6:The History of French Law
    7:The Spirit and Essential Features of the Code Civil
    8:The Reception of the Code Civil
    9:Courts and Lawyers in France and Italy
    BII. THE GERMANIC LEGAL FAMILY
    10:The History of German Law
    11:The German Civil Code
    12:The General Civil Code of Austria
    13:The Swiss Civil Code
    III. THE ANGLO-AMERICAN LEGAL FAMILY
    14:The Development of the English Common Law
    15:Courts and Lawyers in England
    16:The Spread of the Common Law Throughout the World
    17:The Law of the United States of America
    18:Law-Finding and Procedure in Common Law and Civil Law
    IV. THE NORDIC LEGAL FAMILY
    19:Scandinavian Law, Past and Present
    V. LAW IN THE FAR EAST
    20:Chinese Law
    21:Japanese Law
    VI. RELIGIOUS LEGAL SYSTEMS
    22:Islamic Law
    23:Hindu Law
    PART II
    A. CONTRACT
    I. THE FORMATION OF CONTRACTS
    24:Juristic Act, Contract, and General Conditions of Business
    25:Contractual Capacity
    26:Offer and Acceptance
    27:Illegality and Immorality
    28:Indicia of Seriousness
    29:The Construction of Contracts
    30:Mistake, Deceit, and Duress
    31:Representation
    32:Assignment
    33:Contracts for the Benefit of Third Parties
    II. THE PERFORMANCE OF CONTRACTS
    34:Claims to Performance and Their Enforcement
    35:Breach of Contract
    36:The Effect of Supervening Events
    B. UNJUSTIFIED ENRICHMENT
    37:Unjustified Enrichment in General
    38:Unjustified Enrichment Specific Topics
    C. TORT
    39:Tort in General
    40:Liability for others
    41:Strict Liability
    42:Invasions of the Right of Personality

Reviews

This is an excellent guide to legal systems of the world, for both students and lawyers ... because of its rich content and its ability to shrink a rather large body of information into a succinct one-volume publication. - American Society of International Law Newsletter

The third edition of An Introduction to Comparative Law continue to enrich the perspectives of a new generation of readers./Susan Millns/International and Comparative Law Quaterly Vol.48 October 1999. -

This... standard classroom text for courses in Comparative Law in both common law and civil law countries... succinctly collates a vast array of information for presentation in a seminar course... an excellent guide to legal systems of the world, for both students and lawyers concerned with key differences and similarities, both because of its rich content and its ability to shrink a rather large body of information into a succinct one-volume publication. - American Society of International Law