Students in this course will learn to differentiate between the major legal traditions of the world and compare their historical development, main characteristics and institutions. In addition, they will learn to demonstrate how globalization and transplantation of Western legal traditions is affecting the world's major legal traditions. These include the Common, Islamic, Hindu and Aboriginal legal traditions.
General knowledge of Dutch and European law.
This course offers an overview of the world's main legal systems. The first part of the course engages with the history and method of comparative law. Then, students will learn about the Common, Aboriginal, Islamic and Hindu legal traditions in historic and contemporary perspectives.
1. Comparative Law's Tradition
2. Legal Pluralism
3. Comparison as Critique
4. Development and Operation of the Common Law I
5. Development and Operation of the Common Law II
6. Precedent in the Common Law
7. Aboriginal Rights in Common Law Courts
10. [Assignment Review]
12. Take me back to the start
There will be a closed book, written exam. Students may write the exam answers in Dutch or English.
Type of instructions
Type of exams
Midterm assignment (25%) and written final exam (75%)
- Reader: "The World's Legal Systems 2018-2019"
- Additional texts freely available via the TiU library (see syllabus on blackboard)