The period between World War I and World War II was characterised by vigorous debates and legal innovation in response to extreme social and economic challenges. This was a time of disillusionment with well-established paradigms and legislative models, but also a time of hope in which comparative dialogue and exchange of ideas between jurisdictions thrived. Some of these exchanges have had a long-lasting impact both on doctrinal and legislative development, but not all stories are well-known.
Are there tales of cross-jurisdictional dialogue in the interwar period to which comparative lawyers should pay more attention? From which legal systems did your jurisdiction borrow legal ideas in this period? Were there foreign scholars whose work impacted doctrinal writing or even legislation in your jurisdiction? Or maybe it was legal innovation and scholarly writing from your jurisdiction which sparked important debates and legislative changes elsewhere? To give an example – the 1933 Polish Code of Obligations inspired a conference in Bratislava at which the main topic was whether all Slavic countries should unify their law of obligations based on this model. The idea was rejected for being too ambitious, but it motivated leading Bulgarian scholar Yosif Fadenhecht to write a monograph comparing the provisions of the Polish code with the rules on obligations in Bulgaria, France, Italy, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. While Fadenhecht's in-depth interest in Polish law remains unmatched in Bulgaria, he managed to put the Polish legal tradition in the spotlight for years to come.
Do you know of other fascinating stories of how cross-jurisdictional dialogues between World War I and World War II have impacted law development? You can focus on one legal principle, the work of a scholar or a group of scholars, or provide a general overview of how cross-jurisdictional dialogue has impacted a legal system that you research.
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