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Fall 2013
Nov 26,2022
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This course examines the comparative study of the great diversity of legal systems that span the globe today, and the socio-political contexts in which they occur. It will explore common law, civil law, socialist, traditional, and various hybrid forms of legal systems by focusing on a sampling of these disparate legal types -- specifically, the Anglo-American, the Romano-Germanic, the Soviet-Chinese, and the Indo-African families of law. The course is thus structured in three main parts. The first part introduces the principles of comparison and the three main approaches of thinking about law (natural law, positive law, sociolegal). The second part focuses on the five legal traditions -- common law, civil law, Islamic law, Hindu law and Chinese law, primarily their origin, main features, sources, institutions, and current disputes. The third part explores how these five legal traditions change in light of legal pluralism, the globalization of law and new regional and supra regional structures.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Online Course

Law and Society Department

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