After the successful completion of ‘Global Legal History (GLB)’, the student will acquire:
- Knowledge about European and non-European legal histories by distinguishing important facts, events, topics and developments through careful analysis of the course materials.
- Critical analysis of the social and cultural factors behind the evolution and transformation of the European and Non-European legal traditions.
- A basic understanding of legal theory and method across the European and non-European legal traditions which becomes useful in learning and applying legal concepts in other areas of law taught in the Global law program such as international law and contract law.
- An understanding of the difficulties and controversies in applying legal ideas from one legal tradition to another legal tradition.
- The ability to work in a group and critically assess and read primary and secondary materials.
- The ability to write an essay in which he or she proves mastery over the course material by describing, evaluating, reflecting and concluding on the matter.
- The ability to answer key questions about the doctrinal and conceptual differences involved in the trajectory of the various legal traditions discussed.
This course examines the European legal traditions i.e. the civil law and common law traditions and their spread and interaction with non-European legal traditions such as the Islamic, Chinese and Indian traditions. It covers the conceptual foundations of both these groups of traditions and how they have evolved historically. It focuses on the issues, controversies and events involved in their confrontations and interaction with each other. It also places emphasis on the legal concepts and institutions that were produced as a result of such confrontation and interaction.|
The content of this course traces the legal history of modern European states concentrating mostly on Western Europe. The legal history of the Indian subcontinent is examined in the context of the British colonial encounter and its legacy. The legal history of Islam focuses mainly on early Islam with an emphasis on understanding legal methodologies. The legal history of China focuses on the linkages between the historical and the contemporary particularly looking at the Legalist and Confucianist divide and its legacy in modern China.
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Type of exams
Written exam (60%); seminar research paper (20%); in-class quizzes (10%); in-class assignments (10%)