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Comparative Legal Systems


Course Co-ordinator:

Professor S Mancuso


See Rules for LLM and MPhil Degrees and Postgraduate Diplomas.

Course outline:

The course aims to provide law graduates, legal professionals and practitioners with the necessary knowledge about comparative legal systems and its interaction with South African law. This course will cover:

• The discipline, its history and uses

• Comparative law methodology

• The object of comparison; macro and micro-comparison

• Legal formants

• Legal transplants; reasons for legal transplants; feasibility of legal transplants

• Legal traditions of the world of identification; classification and problems of comparison; short presentations - civil law, common law, socialist law, Islamic law, Hindu law, Chinese law, Jewish law

• Mixed legal systems

• Legal pluralism

• Legal Hybridity

DP requirements:



Class presentation : 10%

Assignment/research paper: 30%

Examination: 60%

The presentation will be on the chosen or given assignment/research paper.