Though it has been over two hundred and fifty years since Sir Henry Main first published his seminal work, Ancient Law: Its Connection to the Early History of Society, and Its Relation to Modern Ideas, the field of comparative law has remained vibrant and responsive to topical questions. Founded in the age of the nation state, comparative law now faces new challenges as posed by internationalization, globalization, Europeanization and the consequent blurring of national boundaries, both geographically as well as theoretically.
The volume comprises two parts, the first focusing on theoretical and methodological issues within comparative law. The second part addresses specific topics as analyzed from a comparative law perspective. The authors contributing to this volume represent four countries, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland, leaving a distinctive Scandinavian mark on the discussions presented.