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Unit Overview

Description
Comparative law has long played an important role in statutory law reform but is also gaining increasing acceptance in the decision making process of appellate courts. The comparative study of foreign law can contribute to a deeper understanding of our own legal system and to the development of new solutions for legal issues. This unit introduces students to the comparative law method and to the basic structures and principles of selected major legal systems, with reference to various areas of law.
Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) evaluate the discipline of comparative law and its methodologies; (2) assess how best to employ comparative methodologies and techniques in their work; (3) undertake a piece of comparative research; and (4) critically analyse the benefits and disadvantages of comparative law and its application in various areas of law.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) in-class presentation and (2) essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Camilla Andersen
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
For Juris Doctor students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering and 30 points from: LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property Law, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law and LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics or LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics. For Master of Public Policy or Graduate Certificate of Public Policy students without a recognised Law degree: LAWS4227 Foundations of Law and Legal Institutions.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
LAWS3331 Comparative Law
Contact hours
3 hours per week
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