Comparative Law

Korea University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Comparative Law

  • Host University

    Korea University

  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea

  • Area of Study

    Legal Studies, Pre-Law

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
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  • Overview

    This course involves the study of similarities and differences between the leading legal systems of the world. The goal of the course is to acquaint students with the comparative method and comparative analysis, while highlighting the relationships that exist between legal systems and structures throughout the world. Through this study, students will gain the skills necessary to successfully interpret, navigate, and critique law and legal institutions arising from various legal regimes, while being aware of the dangers of uncritically projecting the values of their home cultures and institutions onto those of foreign jurisdictions. Particular attention will be devoted to the similarities and differences between legal traditions in Europe, the Americas, and Asia.


    I. Introduction to Comparative Law and the Comparative Method

    II. Legal Traditions, Legal Cultures, and the Classification of the World?s Legal Systems; Hybrid Legal Systems

    III. The Civil Law Tradition
    a. The French Legal Tradition
    b. The German Legal Tradition

    IV. The Common Law Legal Tradition
    a. Historical Origins
    b. Defining Characteristics

    V. Asian Approaches to Law and Justice
    a. The Chinese Conception of Law
    b. Civil Law and Common Law Influences in Asian Law
    c. Interdisciplinarity in Asian Law

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.