Comparative Law

Module code: LW7014

Module co-ordinator: Jule Mulder

Module Outline

Comparative studies are widely used within many research projects and legal studies are not an exception from that, in particular once the research takes and European or International perspective. Indeed, within the European context, much research requires some sort of comparative perspective as many European legal principles are borrowed from specific national legal concepts and EU policies or legal concepts impact differently within different Member States. This module provides an introduction to comparative law and comparativism. It will cover the historical and theoretical background of comparative law, traditional comparative law methods (functionalism, common core and structuralism), and more critical approaches towards comparative law. The second half of the module will be devoted to the concrete application of comparative methods in specific areas of law. By the end of the module you should have an in-depth understanding of comparative law methodology and be able to critically analyse the benefits and disadvantages of comparative law, evaluate its application in various areas of law, and demonstrate how comparative law techniques and methods can be best employed within individual work.

Teaching and Learning Methods

The course will be taught by way of seminars which first introduce students to the basic language of comparative law, and then brings them through the concrete application of comparative methodology in specific areas of the law.

Assessment Methods

Research Paper (not exceeding 3,500 to 5,000 words including footnotes).