Modern Law and Otherness
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Modern Law and Otherness

The Dynamics of Inclusion and Exclusion in Comparative Legal Thought

Veronica Corcodel

Over the last two decades or so, the field of comparative law has been increasingly interested in issues of globalisation and Eurocentrism. This book inscribes itself within the debates that have arisen on these issues and aims to provide a greater understanding of the ways in which the “non-West” is constructed in Euro-American comparative law. Approaching knowledge production from an interdisciplinary and critical perspective, the book puts emphasis on the governance implications of the field.
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Chapter 2: The governance implications of comparative law: the non-West as politically significant representations

Veronica Corcodel


This chapter explains the theoretical framework used for analysing the governance implications of comparative law. Building on postcolonial theories, it argues that comparative law should be understood as a site of production of politically meaningful representations of the ‘non-West’. Drawing on some of the existing critical approaches to international law, it also puts emphasis on the importance of leaving space for ambivalence in the analysis of comparative legal thought. Considering these insights, the chapter concludes with an account of this book’s contribution to critical legal scholarship and to existing debates on Eurocentrism in comparative law.

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