The Future of Comparative Law as a Legal Discipline: The Challenge of Interdisciplinarity, Guest Lecture by Dr. Maurice Adams

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(8/6/2023) | “The Future of Comparative Law as a Legal Discipline: The Challenge of Interdisciplinarity” is the title of the guest lecture given by Dr. Maurice Adams LL.M., MA., a professor from Tilburg Law School, Netherlands. This public lecture was held at the Pancasila Hall, Building A, Faculty of Law, Airlangga University, last Monday (29/5/2023). This time, the guest lecture’s purpose is to provide views on Comparative Law, which is often questioned technically, and how it works amid its implementation.

In his guest lecture, Dr. Maurice describes the debates and questions that often arise regarding Comparative Law. These debates and questions are related to the confusion of Comparative Law scholars regarding the approach and linkages of the field of law with other disciplines. This confusion concerns questions such as “What makes a legal scholar a comparator?” or “Under what conditions is Comparative Law still considered a legal discipline?”.

Before answering the questions above, Dr. Maurice also showed the guest lecture participants when he wrote a book entitled “Comparative Law Methodology,” which discussed more clearly Comparative Law and what we need to know about it. He then explained that the comparative methodology of all these things is not to determine which is the most “correct”, but to provide a further understanding of the diversity of regulations and/or other matters in every field of science, not just law. In Comparative Law, it is also not a goal to find out which rule is most applicable but must provide an explicit and descriptive elaboration of law, doctrine, and science.

In this case, it is not only to remain open to all changes and interdisciplinary dynamics but also so that legal scholars do not become “masters of none” in their world. This is important for developing a more progressive law because it has been running with open eyes. Because it also allows for changes in the supplementation of law, history, philosophy, and others by empirical methods such as economics, politics, natural science, sociology, or anthropology. Therefore, legal scholars must more or less understand Comparative Law.

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