Sunday, February 16, 2014
We are excited to announce the start of the Comparative Law Blog and are happy to be part of the Law Professors Blog Network’s all-star lineup.
Our aim is not only to be a source of information, but also to be a platform for debate. Last April, I had the fortune to co-host the Second Annual Young Comparativists Conference held at Indiana University's Robert H. McKinney School of Law with Mohamed Arafa. The experience of dropping in on multiple panels of "young" comparative law scholars (over 85 individuals) from around the globe and listening to the depth of the debates among panelists led me to find a group of both new and old friends to help me launch this blog. I have also had the good fortune within the past two years of beginning to get involved in the American Society of Comparative Law. The collegiality that I've felt in that organization has strengthened my confidence that the field of comparative law is not on the wane, but rather headed in the opposite direction.
In the coming months, we will be also inviting guest editors to post to the blog.
In many ways, now is an auspicious time to start the blog. Legal education is becoming increasingly globalized. With a handful of exceptions, nation-states are struggling to confront similar long-standing problems associated with a depressed world economy and, in some cases, a widening gap between the rich and the poor. At the same time, rapid developments in technology not only have the capacity to bridge geographic distances, but also suggest that nation-states are less able to protect their own citizen’s privacy. In all of these areas, comparative legal scholars have the ability to highlight the role that a nation's legal system and laws plays in shaping how these changes affect states, societies, and citizens.
On the organizational level, the Young Comparativists Group of the American Society of Comparative Law has developed into an active and dynamic organization under the direction of Richard Albert, the YCC Board, and its various committees. I hope that the membership of that group (and many others) will feel free to post comments to our postings (as well as volunteer to serve as guest contributors).
In the coming days, we will introduce ourselves and the blog to you. Next week we will get down to business....
Shawn Marie Boyne