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Scan globally, reinvent locally: can we overcome the barriers to using the horizontal learning method in law and development?

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Scan globally, reinvent locally: can we overcome the barriers to using the horizontal learning method in law and development?

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2014

Bibliographic Citation

258 Nagoya University Journal of Law and Politics 11 ( 2014)

Abstract

Many in the field of development studies have embraced the method of horizontal learning among peer developing countries as a useful tool to identify practices that might help solve development problems. While this _scan globally, reinvent locally√ď approach has been tried in the field of law and development, features of the legal field in general, and aspects of the field in the Global South in particular, make it hard to use this approach in legal studies. The essay explains the reasons why horizontal learning among peer developing countries could contribute to the study of law in development, describes some tentative experiments with the method in legal studies, examines the barriers to using this approach, and suggests ways to foster more horizontal cooperation and learning.

Keywords

Law and development
comparative law
research methodology
Global South