An Introduction to Comparative Law

Paperback | July 1, 1998

byKonrad Zweigert, Hein KotzTranslated byTony Weir

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This third edition of the modern classic Zweigert and Kotz'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 itsurveys 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 comparativeprivate law, this book is an essential base for further research.

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This third edition of the modern classic Zweigert and Kotz'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 itsurveys the main features of the major legal f...

Hein Kotz is Director of the Max-Planck Institute for Foreign and International Private Law in Hamburg, he is also sometime Goodhart Professor of Law at Cambridge University and occasional professor at many Universities, including Chicago and Tel Aviv. Konrad Zweigert is the Late Director of the Max-Planck Institute. Tony Weir i...
Format:PaperbackPublished:July 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PART IAbbreviationsTable of CasesA. GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS1. The Concept of Comparative Law2. The Functions and Aims of Comparative Law3. The Method of Comparative Law4. The History of Comparative LawB. THE LEGAL FAMILIES OF THE WORLD5. The Style of Legal FamiliesI. THE ROMANISTIC LEGAL FAMILY6. The History of French Law7. The Spirit and Essential Features of the Code Civil8. The Reception of the Code Civil9. Courts and Lawyers in France and ItalyBII. THE GERMANIC LEGAL FAMILY10. The History of German Law11. The German Civil Code12. The General Civil Code of Austria13. The Swiss Civil CodeIII. THE ANGLO-AMERICAN LEGAL FAMILY14. The Development of the English Common Law15. Courts and Lawyers in England16. The Spread of the Common Law Throughout the World17. The Law of the United States of America18. Law-Finding and Procedure in Common Law and Civil LawIV. THE NORDIC LEGAL FAMILY19. Scandinavian Law, Past and PresentV. LAW IN THE FAR EAST20. Chinese Law21. Japanese LawVI. RELIGIOUS LEGAL SYSTEMS22. Islamic Law23. Hindu LawPART IIA. CONTRACTI. THE FORMATION OF CONTRACTS24. Juristic Act, Contract, and General Conditions of Business25. Contractual Capacity26. Offer and Acceptance27. Illegality and Immorality28. Indicia of Seriousness29. The Construction of Contracts30. Mistake, Deceit, and Duress31. Representation32. Assignment33. Contracts for the Benefit of Third PartiesII. THE PERFORMANCE OF CONTRACTS34. Claims to Performance and Their Enforcement35. Breach of Contract36. The Effect of Supervening EventsB. UNJUSTIFIED ENRICHMENT37. Unjustified Enrichment in General38. Unjustified Enrichment Specific TopicsC. TORT39. Tort in General40. Liability for others41. Strict Liability42. Invasions of the Right of Personality

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`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 withkey 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