Comparative law is defined as the theoretical learning of the various existing legal systems through drawing a comparison against them. This study can in most instances stretch back to a whole century. Comparative law is garnering a lot of interest due to a number of reasons. There is an increase in globalization fueled mostly by world trade which has made a great number of people to be exposed to unfamiliar legal systems that they need to understand. The other reason is the emerging need to have harmonized laws especially in instances of International Unions like the European Union where several legal traditions coexist.
Why is Comparative Law important?
Legal education in the world is currently undergoing change and experiencing growth. Common law principles hold that there is no breaking from the past. For instance, in the past 10 years there have been gradual plans that were working towards bringing about several changes to the systems which have been stable for the longest time. At one point these changes had been advocated for in the past and have presently been implemented to a certain degree. The need for harmonization of laws and globalization has seen a wider acceptance of comparative law. This can be traced to the way the legal education is taking shape presently where law students are taught on the best way the different units they take relate.
About Sujit Choudhry
Dean Sujit Choudhry is an authority that is internationally recognized in the area of comparative law. He boasts of a rich experience that is combined with an extensive research agenda. Choudhry has played a role in various processes for making the constitutions of Egypt, Nepal, Jordan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tunisia and Ukraine. A number of his works have pointed out answers to the elementary procedural questions existing in comparative constitutional law. Choudhry has written in length about the constitutional design being a tool in managing the transition from violent conflicts to a democracy politics which are peaceful. This idea has been instrumental in areas where the society is ethnically divided.
Choudhry is the Center for Constitutional Transitions’ founder and Faculty Director. The center is the first ever to mobilize and generate knowledge that helps in building constitutions in the world. Choudhry is a member of the United Nations Mediation Roster and is currently the Dean at Berkeley Law. Sujit has been awarded Law degrees from Oxford, Harvard and Toronto. He is a former Rhodes scholar and has served in Canada’s Supreme Court as Chief Justice Antonio Lamer’s law clerk.