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Legal Traditions of the World: Sustainable Diversity in Law Paperback – July 29, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0199580804 ISBN-10: 0199580804 Edition: 4th

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  • Paperback: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 4 edition (July 29, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199580804
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199580804
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 0.8 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,003,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review from previous edition: "the book that needed to be written" --American Journal of Comparative Law

"an effective antidote to the clash of civilizations" --Recht und Verfassung Ubersee

"Illuminating and ground breaking work" --Stellenbosch Law Review

"Glenn has succeeded magnificently" --Cambridge Law Journal

"An opus extra ordinem" --European Review of Private Law

"sheer academic brilliance" --Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law

About the Author


H. Patrick Glenn is the Peter M. Laing Professor of Law, Faculty of Law and a Member of the International Academy of Comparative Law. Professor Glenn teaches and has research interests in the areas of comparative law, private international law, civil procedure and the legal professions. The first edition of Legal Traditions of the World (Oxford University Press, 2000) received the Grand Prize of the International Academy of Comparative Law.

He is a former Director of the Institute of Comparative Law, McGill University, and in that capacity worked on projects on the reform of the Russian Civil Code and judicial education in China. He is a member of the Royal Society of Canada and the International Academy of Comparative Law and has been a Bora Laskin National Fellow in Human Rights Law, a Killam Research Fellow, and a Visiting Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford.

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By Feri Amsari on September 18, 2013
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This book came to me in really condition. It's a nice book for me, not English native speaker, because it's easy to read vocabulary.
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By PA Dutch Girl on August 14, 2013
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Purchased this as a textbook for school. If you read it as you would a history book, you won't be bored. It is very detailed, but informative.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CM on April 12, 2012
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Very interesting comparison of the Talmudic, Islamic, Confucian, Hindu, Civil and Common Law traditions. I was especially surprised at how much of Western traditions are based upon Talmudic and Islamic traditions. Western society has turned concepts and phrases from the Islamic world into epithets yet Glenn places them in a rational and reasonable context. It is this ability to place the various traditions into context that makes the reading interesting.

However, it is the way in which Glenn writes that makes this such a difficult read. At first, I thought the reading was difficult to me since I don't have a law degree. However, a lawyer friend advised it was thick for her as well. As a graduate student with a BA from Berkeley and an MBA awarded summa cum laude, I'm not a lightweight. Had Glenn provided a glossary, I would have greatly enjoyed the reading instead of constantly using Wikipedia (yep, a free web tool that is way more fun to read than the encyclopedias and dictionaries of my youth) to find legal and arcane definitions (not that the legal phrases are arcane).

Overall, this book is a keeper just make sure you're armed with a reference book to make the most of your reading.
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful By maggie on February 14, 2011
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It is for my comparative law course, and I found the book is so interesting and intellegent. The shipment is fast and in great condition!
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