Research Handbooks in Comparative Law series
Edited by Pier Giuseppe Monateri
Pier Giuseppe Monateri Comparative Law is rising up over its old horizon: a new presence is dispelling the shadows of the past to reveal a submerged bulk of buried cultural secrets. This evocative gothic image is intended to celebrate the rebirth of Comparative Law as an autonomous discipline. From this perspective this volume aims to ﬁll a gap in legal scholarship by structuring an intellectual project of de-familiarization from uniﬁed and framed conventions. The main purpose is to unfold the plot that has strategically arranged dissimilar thoughts and ideas into a comforting and undisputed order: the renovation of Comparative Law feeds upon the pliable, ﬂuid and multidimensional nature of the voices that embody it. Therefore, the use of the plural form of the noun ‘method’ in the title is intentional: it synthesizes and vividly recalls the research path followed through the pages of the book. In the same way the structure of the work is conscious and studied: the pattern of organization, the sequence of the chapters, the selection of the essays are designed to focus on the evolving shape of legal comparativism. Taken as a whole, the volume offers, in a comprehensive and pioneering format, an accessible manual from which scholars, students and practitioners can beneﬁt. Having clariﬁed that our primary goal is to explore the new models which appear to have moved to the centre of the scene in legal comparativism, in this Introduction I will brieﬂy outline the contents and arguments developed in...