Pierre Legrand

Pierre Legrand teaches law at the Sorbonne, where he directed the postgraduate program on globalization and legal pluralism for over fifteen years. He publishes in English and French, and his work has been translated in seven languages, including Chinese (Mandarin), Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. He teaches and writes about salient theoretical issues arising from comparative interventions in a globalizing world, and seeks to revisit the conventional models governing comparative study by defending an oppositional stance vis-à-vis the core traditional epistemological assumptions held by orthodox comparativists. His publications include numerous articles and books. In recent years, he has written extensively on the relevance of Jacques Derrida’s work for comparative legal studies and for law in general, including “Siting Foreign Law: How Derrida Can Help,” Duke Journal of Comparative and International Law (2011); a contribution to Derrida and Legal Philosophy, ed. Peter Goodrich et al. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008); and a chapter on Derrida and law for the Blackwell Companion to Derrida, ed. Zeynep Direk and Leonard Lawlor (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014). He is preparing Negative Comparative Law for Routledge, a critical conspectus on the theory of comparative research in law.


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  1. Administering Interpretation
    Populism in politics and policy orientations in law have thrown the jurisdiction of the academy and the disciplines of interpretation into disarray. Critique flounders in abstraction and negativity, law loses itself in particularity.... Learn More
    Published: 21st May 2019
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