Introduction: Symposium on Evolutionary Approaches to (Comparative) Law: Integrating Theoretical Perspectives
Bart Du Laing and
Julie De Coninck Additional contact information Bart Du Laing: Postdoctoral Fellow of the Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO), Ghent University, Department of Legal Theory and Legal History
Julie De Coninck: Postdoctoral Fellow of the Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO), Catholic University of Leuven (KULeuven) - Lecturer at the University of Antwerp
The papers in this theme issue arise from an expert seminar held at Ghent Universityâ€™s Department of Legal Theory and Legal History on April 23-24, 2010. Evolutionary theory was once an important source of inspiration for some of the founding fathers of comparative law, as well as for legal theory more generally. Today, however, while evolutionary theory seems to have lost its appeal in the comparative law community, various evolutionary approaches to law and legal phenomena in general seem to have been regaining momentum. Hence, the main purpose of the seminar was to investigate (a) how these different evolutionary approaches relate to one another and what are their relative strengths and weaknesses, and (b) if and how they could be rendered useful and effectively combined for the purpose of developing a more rigorous explanatory comparative legal theory.