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Course Overview

This course introduces students to the core features of legal systems of the Romano-Germanic tradition, focusing in particular on legal systems which have been imitated elsewhere in the world, namely those of Germany, France and Spain. The course is a compulsory component of the LLB with German Law, the LLB with French Law and the LLB with Spanish Law.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 7.5 credits (3.75 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Jonathan Ainslie
  • Dr Claudio Lombardi

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Course Description

This course provides a conceptual introduction to the Romano-Germanic legal tradition, its global reach, as well as specific features of the French, German and Spanish systems. The course will cover topics such as the rediscovery of Roman Law, the emergence of the codification movement in the 18th century, convergence and divergence in civil law and in selected legal families, as well as selected topics on the substantive law of France, Germany and Spain.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 28, 31 - 33

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

2x 1000 word essay 50% each


Resit: resubmission of failed element

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseUnderstand and analyse the specific features of French and German legal families
ConceptualAnalyseUnderstand and analyse selected topics in the constitutional law of France, Germany and Spain.
ConceptualAnalyseUnderstand and analyse the historical development of the Romano-Germanic legal tradition

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