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Elgar Encyclopedia of Comparative Law, Second Edition

Elgar Encyclopedia of Comparative Law, Second Edition

Elgar original reference

Edited by Jan M. Smits

Written by leading authorities in their respective fields, the contributions in this accessible book cover and combine not only questions regarding the methodology of comparative law, but also specific areas of law (such as administrative law and criminal law) and specific topics (such as accident compensation and consideration). In addition, the Encyclopedia contains reports on a selected set of countries’ legal systems and, as a whole, presents an overview of the current state of affairs.

Chapter 27: Family law*

David Bradley

Subjects: law - academic, comparative law


The examination of family law in developed countries in the last edition of this Encyclopedia focused on the problematic reputation and contentious aspects of this field of comparative legal studies. The objectives here are first, to demonstrate how the divisions and uncertainty in the subject can be resolved and second, to establish that comparative analysis in this field serves valuable functions. A third objective is speculative: it is to raise the possibility that laws applied to family relationships, which many comparatists are inclined to avoid, may in fact hold lessons for general comparative legal studies.

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