Comparative Public Law Research in Israel: A Gaze Westwards

Margit Cohn*

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This article offers a typology of comparative law research and assesses the state of this body of research in one Asian country - the State of Israel. To identify the work that should be considered 'comparative', I classify studies into three groups. Following a short overview of Israel's political and legal system, I assess the ways comparative public law is addressed in the country. Relying on a first-of-its-kind quantitative study of Israeli legal scholarship in English in the field of public law that compares at least two systems, the article shows that the compared systems in Israeli comparative legal research are predominantly western, and that materials from the United States by far outweigh all other sources. The article then considers several possible reasons for the limited gaze eastwards and beyond the United States, granting special attention to the cultural 'Americanization' of Israel. Directions for future research are considered in the conclusion, including the expansion of the findings from public law to other fields of law; the comparison of these findings with those of similar systems in Asia and beyond; and the possible ways legal education may promote the development of eastern-bound comparative exercises.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)S11-S27
JournalAsian Journal of Comparative Law
StatePublished - 2019

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