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Boston University School of Law




In 1904, St. Louis, Missouri was the place to go. In conjunction with its spectacular world's fair, the city also hosted the Universal Congress of Lawyers and Jurists, known in academic circles as the foundational event of American comparative law.1 Within a big screen entirely devoted to the Lochner2 centennial, this comment aims at opening a window on another centennial - the hundredth anniversary of comparative law in the United States.Though inspired by the Universal Congress, this comment does not partake in the celebratory spirit of anniversaries.3 Far from espousing a romanticized or universalist conception of comparative law, these pages simply stem from the belief that foreign perspectives may help revisit conventional wisdom, and occasionally reveal blind spots in one's vision.



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