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Comparative law making: a case study in Slovak company law.

Doc. JUDr. Kristián Csach, PhD., LL.M., Faculty of Law of the Trnava University in Trnava

Právny obzor, 100, 2017, special issue, pp. 78-92.

Published online: 15.1.2018

Abstract. The comparative method or comparative reasoning is commonly used in a legal doctrine, less frequently in the practice by the bodies applying the law at the application of national law. It is natural for the legislator to look beyond the borders of national law and to draw inspiration from foreign law in its law-making. But the fact that national law finds inspiration in foreign law, may bring deviations in the range of interpretation and argumentation instruments against purely national law. The article on the basis of examples from the recent amendments to company law tries to answer the question whether foreign law (source of inspiration) should be used at interpretation and application of national law differently when used as a source and declared by the legislator in the explanatory report, as compared to the case when it is used only as a standard comparative argument. The author assumes that when the legislator declares the source of inspiration, he probably wishes adopted legislation not only to sound as a model, but also to work as its model. It allows to use as supportive argument not only the text, but also the foreign doctrine or case-law that was known at the date of adoption of the national text. These arguments should be part of standard (national) methods of interpretation of law.

Keywords: company law, comparative arguments, law-making methodology


ISSN 2729-9228

ISSN 0032-6984


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