This course explores the methodology and substance of comparative constitutional law. Attention will be given to several constitutional schemes including those of the United States and the United Kingdom, which have historically served as models for constitutional structures in many jurisdictions including especially Australia and other parts of the Commonwealth.
This course will also consider variations on common constitutional themes as well as context-driven divergences in several other jurisdictions in Africa, South Asia and South East Asia.
The framework for analysis will include questions as to when, how and why to compare constitutions, and an analysis of the vastly different constitutional arrangements that govern the relationship between the state, society and citizens across the world.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Students who have successfully completed this course will:
- have a better understanding of the range of constitutional models throughout the world
- have an appreciation of the role and relevance of constitutional comparison
- contextualise the current trends towards protecting human rights in the Australian and other legal systems
- understand the accomplishments and shortcomings of the Australian constitutional system through a comparative lens
It is anticipated that the assessment will comprise:
- Take-home exam - 75%
- Option of class presentation or current issues portfolio assignment - 15%
- Class participation - 10%
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Twenty-six hours of intensive classes plus private study.
Requisite and Incompatibility
It is proposed to use Vicki C Jackson and Mark Tushnet, Comparative Constitutional Law, Foundation Press, 2nd ed, 2006.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|5760||04 Jul 2014||04 Jul 2014||18 Jul 2014||30 Aug 2014||In Person||N/A|