The Concept of “Law” in Context: Comparative Law, Legal Philosophy, and the Social Sciences Conference

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October 21-22, 2011


Swiss Institute of Comparative Law


The coexistence of the laws of the state and other normative orders, in the Western past and the global present, is a challenge to both modern legal philosophy and comparative law. The continuing importance of non-state norms, trans-national and sub-national, undermines the state-centred focus of much contemporary jurisprudence. It also problematises the neat division of complex and dynamic legal traditions into discrete families of closed legal systems.

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