Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject offers an in-depth comparison of the actors (lawyers, judges, and lay judges and jurors) and of certain linguistic, philosophical, and methodological features of four jurisdictions: Germany, Sweden, England and Wales, and the United States. The approach taken is to compare these jurisdictions on the basis of their languages, their conceptions of law, their primary actors, and their methods of dealing with legal rules. In doing so, students will be asked to assess the usefulness of separating these four jurisdictions into two or more traditions or families, and to help predict likely future developments in these jurisdictions and globally.

FacultyFaculty of Business, Economics and Law

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorGordon Walker

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

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Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsCharting the Divide between Common and Civil LawPrescribedLundmark, T 2012OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

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Melbourne, 2014, Week 07-08, Day


Online enrolmentNo

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Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGordon Walker

Class requirements

Lecture/Workshop Week: 07 - 08
Five 8.0 hours lecture/workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 07 to week 08 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%
class participation10
one 6,000-7,000-word take home examination90