10 Credits SPRING

Aims/Description: This module seeks to introduce students to comparative law. It will address the aims of comparative law and the concept of legal families. The module will cover major civilian and common law legal traditions such as the Germanic legal family, the Romanistic legal family and the Common law tradition. Moreover, the module will look at mixed legal systems. Particular regard will be paid to the civil-common law divide. The syllabus will give students an insight into how legal systems other than that of England and Wales work. Moreover, it will be discussed to what extent it is proper to talk about 'legal families'.

Restrictions on availability: Only available to law students

Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam

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