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Comparative Law - JURD7385
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Faculty: Faculty of Law
School:  School of Law
Campus: Kensington Campus
Career: Postgraduate
Units of Credit: 6
EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)
Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 4
Enrolment Requirements:
Prerequisite: LAWS1001 and LAWS1011; Corequisite: LAWS2311.
Excluded: LAWS3085
Fee Band:   (more info)
Further Information: See Class Timetable


This course will introduce students to some of the major legal systems of the world. Comparative law has an important function in enhancing an understanding of our own system and in raising awareness of alternative solutions to legal issues. Increasingly, comparative law is used for law reform purposes and by judges in their decision-making process. By the end of this course students should be able to apply comparative methodology for law reform purposes, compare legal institutions and substantive laws of foreign legal systems in a meaningful way with similar institutions and laws in the Australian legal system, critically assess the possibilities and limitations in transplanting law from one country to another, and explain and discuss the impact of cultural, political and economic factors on law. Topics include functions and aims of comparative law, comparative methodology, the theory of 'legal families', the 'civil law' - 'common law' dichotomy, introduction to the German legal system, comparative approaches to tort law, reception of foreign laws, comparative human rights jurisprudence, the role of the European Court of justice, harmonisation and unification of laws, and globalisation.

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