Comparative law studies differences and similarities between laws of differing countries. It is the study of different legal systems, including civil law, socialist law, Canon law, common law, and religiously-based laws. This study involves the analysis and description of varying legal systems, even if the differences are not noticeable. Comparative law has become very important in centuries, with the presences of democratization, economic globalization, and internationalism.
This academic discipline studies different legal systems and their constitutive elements. It also studies how all of these elements combine into one system. Numerous disciplines have developed into branches of comparative law and include comparative commercial law, comparative administrative law, comparative civil law, comparative constitutional law, and comparative criminal law.
Comparative law’s purpose is to help perfect effected legal systems, to contribute to the unification of legal systems to a larger or smaller scale, and to attain a deeper knowledge of the legal systems in question. This study can also be useful for law and economics, and sociology of law.
Sujit Choudhry is a foremost expert on comparative law. He specializes in comparative constitutional law and has been an advisor to numerous constitution building processes in places like Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Nepal, Libya, Jordan, Egypt, South Africa, and Ukraine. His research is internationally recognized in a wide variety of issues like constitutional design, transitions to peaceful democratic politics, decentralization and secessions, constitutional courts, language policy, bills of rights, minority and groups rights, and basic questions in the methodology of comparative constitutional law.
As an author, Choudhry has published over 90 articles, reports, and book chapters on the subject. His writings have been published by the likes of Oxford and Cambridge. He is on the Board of Editors of the International Journal of Constitutional Law, the Editorial Advisory Board for Cambridge Studies, and is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Society of Public Law.
Choudhry founded the Center for Constitutional Transitions, and is currently helping to lead three different global collaborative research projects. He is a member of the United Nations Mediation Roster, and has been a consultant to the World Bank Institute and the United Nations Development Program.
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