Comparative Law in a Globalized World: Theory, Practice and Legal Change (M3071)

15 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

This module is designed to offer you an introduction to the subject of comparative law, its methodology and rationale. It permits you to appreciate the diversity in the legal systems of the world, their history as well as their contemporary development, particularly in the context of law reform, the phenomenon of legal transplants and the competition between legal systems for adherents, including such concepts as legal imperialism. The major legal systems (including common law and civilian) will be explored through their context, structure and rule-formation process as well an analysis of discrete topics (selected from the public and private law areas, including constitutional law, administrative law, criminal law, property law and the law of obligations). Finally, the role of comparative law as an agent of harmonisation and the formation of international rules, benchmarks and standards will be explored.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 20 hours of contact time and about 130 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.