What is Comparative Law?
In the strict sense, it is the theoretical study of legal systems by comparison with each other, and has a tradition going back over a century. In recent years it has gained in practical importance for two reasons. The first is the increased globalization of world trade, involving the need to conduct business in unfamiliar legal systems. The second is the move towards harmonization of laws, and more recently towards codification within the European Union, where several legal traditions coexist.
Paul Norman, Globalex, Comparative Law (Feb. 2009)
For a table cataloging the principal differences between Civil and Common Law systems, see Marci B. Hoffman & Robert C. Berring, Jr., International Legal Research in a Nutshell (2nd ed. 2017) , p. 26-28.
GTDT is written from a comparative law perspective and has a wide range of topics. The series is also available as a separate subscription database at https://www.gettingthedealthrough.com/.
One way to research comparative law titles is to too browse the collection by the relevant call numbers. You can do this electronically using the drop-down boxes below. For more information on this type of searching, see
"Working with online catalogs to locate foreign law materials," under the "Foreign Law" tab.