The functional approach in comparative socio-legal research: reflections based on a study of plural work regulation in Australia and Indonesia

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This paper examines the potential use and limits of Zweigert and Kötz's classical functional approach in comparative law for an empirical socio-legal research project. The project involves a comparison of the formal labour laws and informal norms and institutions which regulate restaurant work in the cities of Melbourne, Australia, and Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The paper argues that the functional approach is a necessary but incomplete method for overcoming the many issues of comparability between the two research sites; the method requires both extension of its analytical steps and explicit explanation of its limitations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)420-436
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Law in Context
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016
Externally publishedYes

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