International and Comparative Law

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    International and Comparative Law

  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    International Relations, Legal Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Successful prior study of law

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Content:

    This module aims to provide an understanding of how globalisation affects our lives,
    though a specific analysis of public international law, the French, German and American
    legal systems.

    The module introduces students to the legal systems of France, Germany and the United
    States. The first part is spent on the legal history and sources of law of both legal
    systems. The second part covers the constitutional aspects as well as the court system in
    France, Germany and the USA. This module consists of lectures and seminars. Seminars
    will focus on the comparative aspects of the legal systems.

    It then introduces students to public international law as a globalised legal system
    regulating the relations between States. It focuses first on the relevant institutions, the
    sources of international law as well as the concept of international legal personality and
    statehood. The substantive part consists mainly of the use of force, the title to territory,
    the right to self-determination as well as the law of the sea.

    Autumn Semester:
    ? Introduction to International and Comparative Law, the raison d?être for
    comparative law & Classification of Legal Systems and background understanding
    of the American, French and German Legal Systems in a Nutshell.
    ? Sources of Law (part 1) : General Intro., The List and Hierarchy of Sources in
    French, American and German Law and Common Law v Civil Law: Similarities /
    Differences & Advantages / Disadvantages.
    ? Sources of Law (part 2): Focus on Specific Issues: The Role of Case Law and
    Constitutional Norms in French, American and German Law and Constitutional
    Law: Institutions and Separation of Powers in France, the USA and Germany.
    ? Constitutional Law: Focus on Specific Issues: Head of State Immunity and
    Constitutional Courts in French, American and German Law and Is there a
    problem in the application of the hierarchy of sources? A comparative approach.
    ? Fundamental Rights (Part 1): General Intro in French, German and American Law
    and Comparative Analysis of Constitutional Law in French, German and American
    ? Fundamental Rights (Part 2): Specific Protections: Freedom of Religion in French,
    American and German Law.
    ? Fundamental Rights (Part 3): Specific Protections: Freedom of Speech /
    Expression v The Right to Privacy in French, American and German Law.
    ? Introduction to Public International Law.
    ? The United Nations and Is International Law really law?
    ? A focus on the International Court of Justice.
    ? Public International Law in the news.

    Spring Semester:
    ? Different aspects of Public International Law.

    Teaching: Lectures and seminars

    ? Written exam (70%)
    ? Coursework (30%): taking the form of an exercise requiring research on an essay
    style theme or a set of facts that give rise to a legal problem and advice on the
    issues raised
    STUDY OPTION 2: Alternative Assessment Assignment
    STUDY OPTION 3: Alternative Assessment Exam

    Study Option 1 = Whole Year
    Study Option 2 = Autumn
    Study Option 3 = Spring/summer

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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