Pierre Legrand

Visiting Professor of Law


A graduate of the Sorbonne and Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar, Professor Pierre Legrand teaches at the Sorbonne whose postgraduate programme on comparative legal studies he long directed. In addition, Professor Legrand offers a course in comparative law every autumn as Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at the University of San Diego Law School and lectures every summer on the University of Cambridge’s program in English Legal Methods. For many years, Professor Legrand gave the postgraduate seminar in comparative law at the University of Melbourne while teaching comparative law repeatedly for undergraduates at the University of Timisoara in Romania. He has held formal visiting professorships at the University of Uppsala (Sweden), the University of Toronto, the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing, the University of Copenhagen, the Georgetown University Law Center, the National University of Singapore, HBKU College of Law and Public Policy in Doha (Qatar), and the Pontifical University in Curitiba (Brazil). Professor Legrand’s work has attracted substantial attention in Europe, North America, and Asia. It has been translated from the French or the English in seven languages including Chinese (Mandarin), Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. In 2017, the American Journal of Comparative Law devoted a special issue to his critical scholarship. Professor Legrand is preparing Negative Comparative Law for Routledge, a collection of essays on salient theoretical issues arising from research into foreign law and comparative interventions in a glocalized world.

Areas of Expertise

  • Comparative Law
  • European Legal Cultures
  • Law & Globalization
  • European Legal Theory


Selected Publications

  • Jameses at Play: A Tractation on the Comparison of Laws, 65 American Journal of Comparative Law (Special Issue) 1 (2017).
  • Foreign Law: Understanding Understanding, 6 Journal of Comparative Law 67-177 (2011).
  • Siting Foreign Law: How Derrida Can Help, 21 Duke Journal of Comparative and International Law 595-629 (2011).
  • On the Singularity of Law, 47 Harvard International Law Journal 517-530 (2006).
  • Issues in the Translatability of Law, in Nation, Language, and The Ethics of Translation 30-50, edited by Sandra Bermann and Michael Wood (Princeton University Press 2005).
  • The Same and the Different, in Comparative Legal Studies: Traditions and Transitions 240-311, edited by Pierre Legrand and Roderick Munday (Cambridge University Press 2003).

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  • PhD, Université Panthéon-Sorbonne
  • PhD, Lancaster University
  • MLitt, University of Oxford
  • DEA, Université Panthéon-Sorbonne
  • LLB, McGill University, Canada
  • BCL, McGill University, Canada

Prior Appointments

  • Professor of Law, 2000, Ecole de droit de la Sorbonne, Université Panthéon-Sorbonne

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