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Comparative Law PG (11465.1)

Level: Postgraduate Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 3
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: Canberra Law School


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The topics studied in this unit will include:
- the philosophies, roles and methodologies of comparative law and the debates to which they have given rise and historical themes relevant to current comparative law;
- classification of the world's legal systems and their key features;
- comparative study of one or more discreet areas of law, such as:
(i) contract law, law of obligations property law and civil law generally,
(ii) commercial or corporate law,
(iii) constitutional law, criminal law and procedure and public law generally;
- legal systems within legal systems - plurality of law with respect to indigenous, customary and religious legal systems, and hybrid legal systems; and
- present and future trends in comparative law, such as globalisation, convergence, legal integration, unification and/or harmonisation of law.

This unit may be co-taught with an undergraduate version of the unit.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Explain the philosophies, roles and significance of comparative law;

2. Compare and differentiate the principal legal traditions of the world from historical and contemporary perspectives;

3. Appraise current issues in one or more selected areas of law, which might include: (i) contract law, law of obligations property law and civil law generally, (ii) commercial or corporate law, (iii) constitutional law, criminal law and procedure and public law generally;

4. Theorise about future directions in the international development of law and legal systems based on an analysis of the present and future trends in comparative law; and

5. Undertake and present advanced comparative research into contemporary law and policy topics, and the likely future directions of other legal systems.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

3 hours per week on campus.


This unit is only available to students in the Juris Doctor, Master of Laws and Master of Legal Studies courses.

Students must have passed 11431 Foundations of Law and Justice G (or equivalent) AND 18 credit points of other Law units at undergraduate, graduate or postgraduate level.



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