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A Comparative Primer
This concise primer offers an introduction to U.S. law from a comparative perspective, explaining not only the main features of American law and legal culture, but also how and why it differs from that of other countries. Gerrit De Geest initially focuses on the core characteristics of American law, such as the predominance of judge-made law, the significance of state law and the vital role that juries play in the legal process. De Geest then moves on to provide a succinct analysis of U.S. legal culture, before summarizing the principal differences in law and legal cultures around the world.
Key features include:
* A thorough introduction to the main elements of U.S. law for international students
* A concise, accessible style illustrated with lively anecdotes and discussion of relevant foundational cases
* Explanation of the historical and cultural roots of law in the U.S. and other countries to provide context for differences.
Students beginning LLM programs in the U.S., in particular international students, will find this primer invaluable reading. It will also be of interest to pre-law and comparative law students.
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What Reviewers Are Saying
'I love the book. I think it is a winner. It has amazing breadth and focus, a really good selection of topics, and a great connection with recent literature. This is a fabulous book and a real "primer": it primes the reader into thinking about American law. Students, scholars and practitioners trained in a foreign legal system will find this book an extremely useful resource. It gives both an inside and an outside perspective on American law and is a great read even for those who are already familiar with it. The author does so much more than introducing the American legal system and comparing it to foreign systems: he explains why American law is different and he does so in such an interesting way that it makes the book both a deep read and a very pleasant one.' -- Giuseppe Dari-Mattiacci, Columbia Law School, US 'This is a wonderful comparative introduction to American law, which will be of great interest to both foreign students and American lawyers alike. Its deep engagement with comparative materials helps situate our legal system in a broader perspective. De Geest synthesizes all the essentials in an easy-to-read text. Highly recommended!' -- Tom Ginsburg, University of Chicago, US