Global Legal Histories (LAWS10243)
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**This course is only open to visiting students coming through a direct exchange with the School of Law (including Erasmus students on a Law-specific Exchange). Exchange students outside of Law and independent study abroad students are not eligible to enrol in this course, with no exceptions.** Please note that 3rd year Law courses are high-demand, meaning that they have a very high number of students wishing to enrol in a very limited number of spaces. These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the department directly to request additional spaces. If there is sufficient space for other visiting students to enrol at the start of the semester, visiting students must have completed at least 3 Law courses at grade B or above to qualify for this course; we will only consider University/College level courses.
This course takes a 'global' approach to the concept of legal history. Rather than focusing on one legal family or one legal culture only, it examines - through comparison - different legal families and cultures across space and time. Issues such as legal history and legal culture across borders, constitutional experiences in global perspective, and the history of judicial experiences will form the substance of the course. Students will develop an understanding of the relationships between national legal-historical traditions and global legal history.
The course will consist of 10 seminars. Seminar 1 will be devoted to an introduction and contextualisation of the course. The remaining 9 seminars will be divided (3 apiece) among the following 3 broader topics: **Legal history and legal culture across borders - What is legal culture? - Legal culture(s) and legal families - Comparing legal cultures across time and space; **Constitutional experiences in global perspective - The enactment of the Turkish civil code - Civil law and the Meiji restoration in Japan - The codification of Thai civil law; **The history of judicial experiences: - Law-finding in common-law legal cultures - Law-finding in civil-law legal cultures - Finding and applying the law in a 'wicked legal system'.
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