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LAWS13-542: Comparative Law


Comparative Law is an elective subject in undergraduate programs offered by the Faculty of Law. This subject is (1) an Introduction to the concepts, history, aims, functions and methodology of comparative law; (2) an introduction to the major legal 'families' or systems of the world, with a focus on the civil law/common law divide; and (3) a comparative examination of particular legal issues, questions or areas of law.

Subject details

Type: Undergraduate Subject
Code: LAWS13-542
Faculty: Faculty of Law
Credit: 10
Study areas:
  • Law

Learning outcomes

  1. Understanding of the aims and methodology of Comparative law.
  2. Knowledge and understanding of the major legal systems of the world.
  3. Practical skills in the application of comparative methodology to the analysis of legal problems or issues across multiple jurisdictions.
  4. Understanding of the role of cultural and historical difference in the formulation and application of legal rules and principles.
  5. Respect for legal diversity and culturally diverse development of the law across different nations.
  6. Critical skills and approaches to the resolution of legal problems within Australia, informed by foreign experiences and insights.

Enrolment requirements



Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.


Students must be admitted into a Bachelor law degree or Bachelor of Laws combined degree or be an approved Law Study Abroad OR Law exchange student.

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.