A Comprehensive Overview of Comparative Law

Comparative law entails the study of similarities and disparities between the law of varying countries. More precisely, it deals with the study of different legal systems available in the world such as Civil law, Jewish law, Hindu law, Chinese law and Islamic law. Over the years, the importance of studying comparative law has increased significantly. This is owned to the up rise of various complexities such as democratization, internationalism and democratization.


The 18th century Europe is widely associated with the origin of modern day comparative law. Over time, different disciplines have cropped up as separate subgroups of comparative law. Some of these branches include comparative criminal law, comparative commercial law, comparative administrative law, comparative constitutional law and comparative civil law. Studies involving the different branches can be perceived as either micro or macro-comparative legal analysis. Here are some of the benefits or uses of comparative law.


  • To better the already existing legal systems
  • To gain more knowledge of the existing legal systems
  • To aid the unification of legal systems, whether of a larger or smaller scale.


Comparative law is considered different from other legal fields such as international law. Nonetheless, it aids in informing all the various areas of normativity. Additionally, comparative law can be applied to private international law, especially when it comes to developing an approach to interpretation during conflict analysis. It can also avail insights into various issues such as legal transplants.  Useful reference about the subject on investing.com.


About Sujit Choudhry


Sujit Choudhry is a globally renowned authority on comparative constitutional development and comparative constitutional law. Other than that, he is a former dean of Berkeley Law and is currently the I. Michael Heyman Professor of Law. Before joining the Berkeley Law, Sujit Choudhry held other roles such as Scholl Chair at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto and Cecilia Goetz Professor of Law at NYU School of Law. Additionally, Sujit has served in other capacities including being a consultant to the World Bank Institute and a member of the Governing Toronto Advisory Panel.

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Choudhry has also made a name for himself as an author. In fact, he has published more than ninety book chapters, articles, working papers and reports. Some of his edited pieces include The Oxford Handbook of Indian Constitutional Law (Oxford, forthcoming), The Migration of the Constitutional Ideas (Cambridge, 2006) and Constitutional Making (Edward Elgar, forthcoming). He is also a member of several bodies including the Editorial Board of the Constitutional Court Review and the Executive Committee of the International Society of Public Law among many others.

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