Comparative law refers to the study of differences in national laws and legal systems. These differences cover the entire range of law— marriage and family law, business law, torts, crimes, and more. There are also differences in legal procedures, the role of legislation and case law, the function of judges, the conduct of trials, the use of legal remedies, and punishments in criminal cases. This chapter looked at the development of the common law, civil law, and Islamic law systems.
You overhear someone say, “International law does not exist.” What do they mean? What evidence can you provide to persuade them that they are mistaken?
Explain how international conventions tend to unify, or harmonize, national laws. Why would this be important to international business?