Comparative Law (11262.1)
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- 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;
- 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 a PG version of the unit.
Learning outcomesStudents who complete this unit will be able to: 1. Demonstrate understanding of the philosophies, roles and significance of comparative law as a methodology;
2. Compare and contrast the principal legal traditions of the world from historical and contemporary perspectives;
3. Explain 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. Identify and explain the present and future trends in comparative law and theorise about future directions in the international development of law and legal systems; and
5. Undertake advanced comparative research into contemporary law and policy topics, and the likely future directions of other legal systems.
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PrerequisitesThis unit is only available to students in a Bachelor of Laws or Bachelor of Justice Studies course.
Students must have passed 36 credit points, including unit 11251 Foundations of Law and Justice and 18 credit points of Law units or 18 credit points of Justice Studies units, before enrolling in this unit.
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Mathias Siems, Comparative Law (Cambridge University Press, 2nd ed, 2018)
Recommended Texts (available on Reserve in the library):
Mathias Reimann and Reinhard Zimmermann (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Law (Oxford University Press, 2006)
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Required IT skills
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Work placement, internships or practicums