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School of Law

Procedural principles and ethical standards

Course Code:
15PLAC141
Status:
Course Not Running 2014/2015
Unit value:
1
Taught in:
Full Year

The objective of the course is to study basic procedural principles across a range of jurisdictions, and to examine the ethical issues that arise in the handling of cases. This is a field with a large scholarly literature, and a comparative or cross-cultural approach is followed, giving students the opportunity to compare different procedural systems.

Selected aspects of procedural mechanisms and values from a range of jurisdictions are considered. The course attempts to balance theory and practice. It is firmly located in the academic discourses of comparative procedure law. At the same time, the course gives particular attention to the procedural questions and ethical challenges that face legal professionals involved in the management of cases, and encourages a critical assessment of current methods used in the handling of civil and criminal cases as well as proposals for reform.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

The objective of the course is to study basic procedural principles across a range of jurisdictions, and to examine the ethical issues that frequently arise in the handling of civil and criminal cases.

Method of assessment

Assessment weighting: 100% coursework (one essay of 10,000 words). All coursework may be resubmitted.