840049 :The Civil and Common Law Traditions


Voertaal Engels
Werkvorm: 13 x 2 hours of lectures (Collegerooster)
Tentamenvorm: written exam (80%) and assignments (20%) (Tentamenrooster)
Studielast:6 ECTS credits
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dr. T.G. Leesen (coordinator)

Doel van de cursus (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

After having completed the course The Civil and Common Law Traditions the student is able to:
- outline the historical development of Roman law from the Early Roman Republic (509 BC) until the time of Justinian (6th Century AD), the continental-European civil law tradition from the 11th Century until the codification movement (19th Century) and of the common law tradition in England from the 11th Century onwards.
- describe and compare the historical development of tort law in the civil law and the common law traditions.
- understand and apply the basic principles and legal terminology of the English legal system.
- compare the civil and the common law tradition and assess the similarities and differences.
- accurately read, analyse and interpret (historical) legal source material.

Inhoud van de cursus (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

The course offers a historical and comparative approach to two important legal traditions: the Continental-European and the Anglo-American. The former, also called the Civil Law tradition, has its roots in Roman antiquity, whereas the latter, called Common Law, dates back to the 11th century, more particularly to the Norman conquest of England in 1066. The course aims to provide students with a broad basic background in these two legal traditions which they will need when studying European law in its different aspects in the Major Law programme. It also invites them to reflect critically on the value of private law in the western legal traditions.

The program consists of three parts:

  1. Roman law
  2. Civil law: from the Middle Ages to the 19th Century codifications
  3. Common law

Bijzonderheden (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

Please note: For non-LAS students the number of places in this course is limited. For registration, please contact t.g.leesen@tilburguniversity.edu at least three weeks prior to the start of the course.

Verplichte literatuur

  1. Randall Lesaffer, European Legal History. A Cultural and Political Perspective, Cambridge UP, 2009, ISBN 978-0-521-87798-5.
  2. Alisdair Gillespie, The English Legal System (5th Edition), Oxford, 2015, ISBN ISBN 978-0-19-872721-7. SELECTED CHAPTERS IN READER
  3. B. Rainey, Human Rights Law, Concentrate, 2nd Edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013, ISBN ISBN 978-0-19-967194-6. SELECTED CHAPTERS IN READER

Vereiste voorkennis

No prerequisites

Verplicht voor

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: Elective major Law in Europe ( 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 )