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Comparative Law

Comparative law has been a cornerstone of legal studies at the LSE at least since Professor Otto Kahn-Freund joined the law school in the 1930s.Today’s LSE Law School is truly international, with full-time members of academic staff from every continent, with diverse academic and professional qualifications, who integrate interdisciplinary approaches in their research. The fact that teaching often takes place in classes comprised of students from close to two dozen different nationalities further contributes to a uniquely international setting for the study of comparative law at the LSE. The value of comparative law is to a large extent dependent upon its method and critical scholarship. To be practically useful as well as intellectually valuable comparative law has to compare more than just rules. Comparative law, especially in relation to public law, has to embrace law and society, different regulatory mechanisms, self-reflections, traditions and legal cultures, politics, history, economics and intellectual roots. This scope makes the study of comparative law particularly engaging as well as challenging.

Faculty

Mr Eduardo Baistrocchi

Dr Jacco Bomhoff

Professor Trevor Hartley

Dr Martin Husovec

Dr Jan Kleinheisterkamp

Dr Maame Mensa-Bonsu (LSE Fellow)

Professor Eva Micheler

Dr Kai Möller

Professor Jo Murkens

Dr Philipp Paech

Dr Igor Stramignoni

Research Students

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