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Law 297 - Introduction to Comparative Law
(Half Unit in 1st term)
The course provides an introduction to the comparative analysis of legal phenomena, such as law, lawyers and courts, and questions the extent to which national legal cultures are converging.
Students will be introduced to the ‘common law’ and ‘civil law’ traditions. In order to assist the comparison, students will examine key features of a civil law system and its legal culture. A prior basic understanding of the English legal system is required and will be assumed during the course. Students will be encouraged to think about the reasons of policy and principle that lie behind specific legal institutions and practices.
Available to 2nd year students.
Coursework 50%, Exam 50%
De Cruz, P (2006) Comparative Law in a Changing World. Cavendish. London
Glenn, HP (2007) Legal Traditions of the World. Oxford University Press, Oxford
Legrand, P and Munday, R (2003) Comparative Legal Studies: Traditions and Transitions. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge
Markesinis, B (2001) Unity and Division: The Search for Similarities in Contemporary European Law. Current Legal Problems 54 (2001)
Reimann, M & Zimmermann R, eds., (2006) The Oxford Handbook on Comparative Law. Oxford University Press, Oxford
Vranken M (1997) Fundamentals of European Civil Law. Blackstone, London
Watson, A (1993) Legal Transplants (2nd ed). University of Georgia Press, Athens, Georgia
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