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Jurists UprootedGerman-Speaking Emigré Lawyers in Twentieth Century Britain$
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Jack Beatson and Reinhard Zimmermann

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199270583

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199270583.001.0001

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Comparative Law in Twentieth-century England

Comparative Law in Twentieth-century England

(p.345) Comparative Law in Twentieth-century England
Jurists Uprooted

J. A. Jolowicz

Oxford University Press

It is virtually impossible to write about comparative law without beginning with a comment on the phrase itself. As has often been observed, there is no such thing as comparative law. Even though comparative law as a branch of legal study had secured definite recognition during the latter half of the 19th century, the confusion of terminology persisted well into the 20th century. This may account in part for a debate about the nature or definition of comparative law, which today seems unnecessary, if not actually barren. This chapter discusses comparative law in 20th century England, the formation of the Society of Comparative Legislation in December 1894, the contributions of Sir John Macdonell in the field of comparative law, contributions of the émigré legal scholars to the modern literature of comparative law, research on comparative law during the 1930s and the years during World War II, and law reform and legal education in England.

Keywords:   comparative law, John Macdonell, Comparative Legislation, legal education, law reform, émigré legal scholars, lawyers

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