Comparative law is being taught in law schools nowadays to enable students and future lawyers to have a good grasp of the international legal arena. Modern times have seen people, goods, ideas, technology and capital flowing across borders meaning that lawyers will have to understand the legal systems of other countries in order to handle such matters appropriately. Exposure to other legal systems will prove beneficial to all upcoming and practicing lawyers as it expands how they understand the universal law and the relationships that exist between law and the society generally. Comparative law has enabled legal students and practitioners to understand how different legal disciplines relate and how they co-exist.
Comparative law involves the study of different legal systems including how their constitutive elements, the way they differ and how they combine to form a single system. Legal practitioners and students are able to appreciate how various laws are interpreted and put to use in different countries. The purposes of comparative law are first, to attain a deep knowledge of the legal systems in effect and perfect them. Secondly, this study will contribute largely to the need of unifying legal systems on a smaller or larger scale due to the industrialization and trade occurring across borders.
Sujit Choudhry is a professor of law and a widely recognized authority in the study of comparative constitutional law as he combines a comprehensive research plan with a rich field experience. He has been an adviser to various processes of constitutional building in countries like Egypt, Libya, Jordan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Ukraine and Tunisia. His research seeks to address various issues that exist in comparative law.
Professor Sujit Choudhry is the Center for Constitutional Transitions’ founding director. It generates and then mobilizes knowledge that supports constitution building through assembling and leading global expert networks to complete research projects and give policy options backed by evidence. It partners with international networks comprising of NGOs, universities, think tanks and multilateral organizations.