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New Directions in Comparative Law

New Directions in Comparative Law

Edited by Antonina Bakardjieva Engelbrekt and Joakim Nergelius

This in-depth book explores the changing role of comparative law in an era of Europeanisation and globalisation. It explains how national law coexists and interacts with supranational and international law and how legal rules are produced by a variety of institutions alongside and beyond the nation-state. The book combines both theoretical and practically oriented contributions in the areas of law and development, comparative constitutional law, as well as comparative private and economic law.


Joakim Nergelius

Subjects: law - academic, comparative law


This edited volume has its foundation in the conference ‘New Dynamics in Comparative Law’ which was held at the University of Örebro in May 2007. It is, almost two years after the conference, a great pleasure to be able to present the rich material which the conference generated in book form. While the content as well as the methodology and ideas underlying the conference are presented elsewhere, I would here like to dwell briefly on what this conference meant for the topic of law at the University of Örebro. Since this is a very young university, where the first professor of law was installed in 2003 and the full legal education started as late as 2005, international conferences of this kind – of which this was the second to be held – are tremendously important, needless to say. Not only may they, hopefully, contribute to making Örebro more well-known as a venue for high-standing legal and scientific discussions. They will also inspire a small, young group of scholars and teachers, who strive to establish a new, untraditional centre of legal education and research. In fact, legal education in Örebro has always tried to have an international profile, paying more attention to European law, comparative law and public international law than any other Swedish university. Still, in a situation where resources are ever more scarce, old, well-established universities and law faculties may have certain advantages. To put it simply, these are not the easiest times to put new universities on the map. Against...