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Centre for Comparative Law

In a world characterized by complexity and interdependence, it is indispensable to understand differences and similarities of jurisdictions. Comparative methods are a key element to gain a profound understanding of the legal systems around the world and to advance their development. Perspectives and experiences of different jurisdictions enrich the legal debate and help identifying areas prone for harmonisation and convergence of laws.

 The Centre for Comparative Law (CCL) at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law undertakes research, conducts studies, organises conferences, and promotes scholarship. It covers a broad range of areas, from civil to commercial law, conflict of laws and dispute resolution. The Centre cooperates with various universities, distinguished scholars and research institutions in the UK and around the world.

The Centre is a hub for knowledge-building and debate. Its experts come from various professional backgrounds and different legal systems and have long experience in research and studies. With their profound expertise and far-reaching network, the Centre offers a holistic and cross-border approach to the law.

February 2021: The Centre for Comparative Law is delighted to have appointed two new Honorary Senior Fellows: Professor Andrew Dickinson and Professor Adrian Briggs to support the work of the Centre.

Read the 2021 Highlights of the Centre for Comparative Law  

Below are the current areas of research of the Centre

News From the Centre for Comparative Law

Newsletter Summer 2022 

Highlights of 2021 

Fellows of the Center

Advisory board

The activity of the Centre is guided by the Private International Law advisory Panel, comprising the following prominent academics, practitioners and government officials:

  • Michael Bogdan, Professor, University of Lund
  • Alegría Borrás, Professor emeritus, University of Barcelona
  • Janeen Carruthers, Professor, University of Glasgow
  • The Rt Hon the Lord Collins of Mapesbury, former Justice of the Supreme Court, London
  • Andrew Dickinson, Professor, University of Oxford
  • Andreas Furrer, Professor, University of Luzern, and Partner, MME, Zurich
  • Jonathan Harris, Professor, King's College and Serle Court, London
  • Adam Johnson, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills, London
  • Alexander Layton KC, Barrister, Twenty Essex, London
  • The Rt Hon the Lord Mance, former Justice of the Supreme Court, London
  • Ulrich Magnus, Professor emeritus, University of Hamburg
  • Horatia Muir-Watt, Professor, Sciences Po, Paris
  • Marta Pertegás, Professor, University of Maastricht
  • Pippa Rogerson, Reader, University of Cambridge
  • Linda Silberman, Martin Lipton Professor of Law, New York University School of Law
  • Luboš Tichý, Professor, Charles University of Prague
  • Jacob van de Velden, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek
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