Ever since its foundation in 1923 the International Academy of Comparative Law has organized Congresses allowing an exchange of ideas on general aspects of comparative law and on the application of the comparative method to specific subjects. While the Congresses were confined to European venues for the initial decades, they have also taken place in other continents in more recent times. The Congresses of Washington, DC in 2010 and of Vienna in 2014 were numbered as the 18th and 19th International Congresses of Comparative Law.
The Congresses cover a wide range of subjects from all areas of the law. The topics are meant to mirror, and to contribute to, modern legal developments of the respective time. The main format consists in sections organized under the scholarly guidance of a General Reporter. They collect national reports from a large number of jurisdictions which allow the General Reporter to pinpoint the major legal differences between the national laws covered and to draw conclusions concerning the legal development in the respective area.
The General Reports of a Congress have traditionally been collected in a single book which provides a kind of inventory of major legal themes of the time of the Congress. The series “Ius comparatum – Global Studies in Comparative Law“ will include a subseries which is intended to continue this tradition.