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Criminal Justice: Global Perspectives - LAWS8209

Faculty: Faculty of Law
School:  Faculty of Law
Course Outline: See below
Campus: Kensington Campus
Career: Postgraduate
Units of Credit: 6
EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)
Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 2
Enrolment Requirements:
Prerequisite: Academic Program must be either 9200, 9210, 9211, 9230, 9235, 9285,5211,5235, 5740, 5285
Excluded: JURD7309
CSS Contribution Charge:Band 3 (more info)
Further Information: See Class Timetable


This course provides a grounding in comparative law study. It covers aspects of policing and prosecution but focuses in particular on criminal trial practice in various jurisdictions. Particular topics include socio-political traditions and the state’s participation in the criminal justice system, the convergence of processes globally and the dynamics of transplanting legal processes across legal systems. In addition the course examines how justice systems respond diversely to the perceived need for reform and the growth of lay participation (typically, jurors) in countries’ adjudication processes. Many of the above topics are considered in the specific context of their impact upon victims, defendants and witnesses.

LLM Specialisations

Recommended Prior Knowledge


Course Objectives

The course will provide an opportunity for students to develop knowledge and understanding of how other systems of criminal process function and their understanding of important legal and law-related issues within a comparative framework. It will offer an opportunity for students to sharpen their critical analytical skills and develop their ability to undertake independent high quality research and to structure, write and develop a research thesis on a criminal justice topic.

Main Topics


In-class presentation: Mandatory for LLM. Optional for LLB 20% (10% if court questionnaire used)
Class participation: Participation in class discussion 10% (LLB students may opt for 30%)
Criminal court fieldwork: To be completed outside class times. Mandatory for LLB and LLM students from non-common law jurisdictions 10%
Court questionnaire: Optional and only available for LLB and LLM students from non-common law jurisdictions. 10%
Research essay:
LLB: 3,000 - 3,5000 words. LLM: 4,000 - 5,000 words. Due last day of session
70% (60%-90% maximisable for LLB students)

Course Texts

Pakes, Francis, Comparative Criminal Justice, Willan Publishing, 2004



Additional course materials, available from the UNSW Bookshop from mid February and a course website will provide additional readings and be used, with email, for circulating messages relating to the course.

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