The lecture addresses three claims: governance through law is a universal and global activity and therefore its application cannot be confined to a specific jurisdiction; institutional activities of legislating and deciding cases are part of a conversation that extends beyond jurisdictional boundaries; and arguments based on foreign experience have only a limited persuasive status in national legal reasoning and therefore require discussion at a general rather than specific level.
Recorded on February 23, 2010.
Full title: The Relevance of Foreign Examples to Legal Development.
Series: Herbert L. Bernstein Memorial Lecture in International & Comparative Law 9th.
Appearing: John Bell (University of Cambridge Law School); Introductions by Dean David Levi and Don Horowitz.
Related paper: John Bell, The Relevance of Foreign Examples to Legal Development, 21 Duke Journal of Comparative & International Law 431-460 (2011). Available at: http://scholarship.law.duke.edu/djcil/vol21/iss2/5/