Comparative law global context by Werner F. Menski

By Werner F. Menski

Now in its moment variation, this textbook provides a serious rethinking of the research of comparative legislation and felony conception in a globalising international, and proposes a brand new version. It highlights the inadequacies of present Western theoretical methods in comparative legislation, overseas legislations, felony concept and jurisprudence, particularly for learning Asian and African legislation, arguing that they're too parochial and eurocentric to satisfy international demanding situations. Menski argues for combining sleek ordinary legislations theories with positivist and socio-legal traditions, construction an interactive, triangular notion of criminal pluralism. endorsed because the fourth significant method of felony concept, this version is utilized in analysing the historic and conceptual improvement of Hindu legislation, Muslim legislations, African legislation and chinese language legislation.

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Sack and Aleck (1992: xviii–xix) blame ‘evolutionism’ and its influence over the last 200 years for this tendency:9 The ‘natural’ laws of history, whose existence is demonstrated by history itself, demand that ‘law’ becomes increasingly centralized, unified and uniform, because this is progress . . The actual plurality in the field of ‘law’ merely shows that we are not as yet living in the best of all possible worlds and that some societies are progressing faster than others – the stragglers (those who try to resist the laws of history instead of letting themselves be carried along by them towards a glorious future) representing the earlier stages of the development through which the leaders have long passed.

See also Mahajan and Reifeld (2003). On the idea of India as ‘a nation greater than the sum of its parts’ see Tharoor (2000: 5). Much writing exists on this outside anglophone scholarship, particularly the 1970s works of Ernst Fraenkel (Sch¨utt-Wetschky, 1997). Glenn (2000: 320) lists interest analysis (‘Interessenjurisprudenz’) as one of the young traditions or goslings of the legal world and refers to Schoch (1948). 18 comparative framework that in a changing world scenario, globalising eurocentric visions appear like another form of postcolonial colonisation, which is now being undermined by the private colonisation of many Northern states through migration from the South, which results in unofficial ethnic implantation of yet more legal hybrids.

10 comparative framework In the present context the term ‘globalisation’ refers to those processes which tend to create and consolidate a unified world economy, a single ecological system, and a complex network of communications that covers the whole globe, even if it does not penetrate to every part of it. 20 One must now add to this list the consequences of the 11 September 2001 destruction of the New York Twin Towers as a symbol of globalisation and the ‘War on Terror’. The existing literature recognises that ‘globalisation’ can mean lots of different things.

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