Comparative Legal Culture

Law has been studied as a cultural phenomenon beyond the tangible institutional establishments. Deeply rooted in a society's history, tradition and contemporary mores, legal culture constitutes an essential part of a nation's cultural heritage and ecology. Studies of comparative legal culture approach the different legal systems and traditions in the world with a comparative lens of cultural consciousness. The goals of such comparative studies are to identify and understand the distinctive constructs, norms, ideas, aspirations and practical characteristics differentiating legal cultures, as well as explore and search for common grounds for cross-cultural understandings of law as a possible basis for better global governance. Furthermore, the comparative legal culture studies also comprise researches and studies of how legal rules and institutions interact and evolve with the cultural traditions and environments in which they reside, including, without limitation, how cultural norms shape legal norms (and vice versa), and how legal rules are influenced by cultural factors in their operation.




Research Group

Dai, Xin (link)

Lei, Yawen (link)

Liang, Zhiping (link)

Wang, Qiliang (link)