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Comparative Criminal Law
Last Updated Date:   21 July 2021


4 Credits,  Semester 1

Course Description:
This module introduces students to the application of the theory and methodology of comparative law to substantive criminal law. It builds on a student's prior knowledge of a basic course in criminal law by comparing selected principles of the law with those found in Australia, Canada, England, India, New Zealand, Malaysia and Singapore. Topics covered include the fault elements of murder and negligent manslaughter, consent in rape, the fault element for joint criminal enterprises, the defences of provocation, private defence and insanity, criminalising euthanasia, the German and Dutch laws of homicide and attendant defences. The insights gained by students from comparative analyses of these topics will sharpen their appreciation of the strengths and weaknesses of the criminal law of particular jurisdictions, and enhance their ability to view law from wider theoretical, sociological and reform perspective.


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Course Convenor: Visiting Research Professor Yeo Meng Heong, Stanley

Co-teacher(s): NA

Module Codes: LL4067 / LL5067 / LL6067

Contact Hours: 9 session over 3 weeks: Three 3hr weekly seminar

Workload: Intensive: Wk 4 to 6; Dates: 30 Aug - 17 Sep 2021 [Mon, Wed: 6.30 - 9.30pm; & Fri: 2.30 - 5.30pm]

Mode of Assessment: UG: Class Participation - 20%; Seminar Discussion - 20% & 6-Hr Take Home Exam - 60% [Release: Fri, 22 Oct 2021 (3pm); Due: Fri, 22 Oct 2021 (9pm)]

PG: Class Participation - 20%; Research Paper - 80% [Due: Fri, 22 Oct 2021 (9pm)]

Preclusions: Nil

Prerequisites: NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or common law equivalent.

Examination Date: Different Mode of Examination

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