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date: 18 January 2021

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This chapter considers the history of comparative law. The birth of comparative law as a discipline can be traced back to the year 1900, when the Congrès International de Droit Comparé in Paris raised it above the level of singular, disparate, albeit remarkable studies and treatises to a collective, concerted venture guided by theories, methods, and projects. Before 1900 there was little interest in systematic legal comparison. Comparative law was marked, in the Western comparative community, by a significant inferiority syndrome. Comparatists felt neither adequately recognized by their academic peers nor sufficiently represented in the law school curriculum. Today, the (changing) reality of curricular marginality and comparative law’s growing popularity appears to nourish the hope for the well-deserved invitation to the field of the legal sciences.

Keywords: comparative law, legal history, Congrès International de Droit Comparé, legal science, jurisprudence

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