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Legal History: Themes and Perspectives
Last Updated Date:   30 July 2021


5 Credits,  Semester 1

Course Description:
The common-law world only exists because of its shared history. History underlies the common lawyer’s profession. This module introduces the study of legal history with an eye to its contemporary relevance. It focuses on the colonial roots of the laws and legal institutions of common-law countries such as (but not limited to) Singapore. By examining various colonial settings across three centuries, we shall see how British colonial and imperial law dealt with cultural plurality and territorial expansion, and how myriad stakeholders debated and applied ideas from the rule of law to judicial independence. We explore why, how, and for whom law was made, and how those dynamics changed upon decolonisation.

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Course Convenor: Mr Ivan Lee

Co-teacher(s): NA

Module Codes: LL4448V / LL5448V / LL6448V / LLJ5448V

Contact Hours: 3-hr weekly seminar

Workload: 3 hours

Mode of Assessment: Class participation - 20%; Mid-Term Essay - 20% (date to be confirmed) & Research Paper - 60% [Due: Sat, 13 Nov 2021 (12pm)]

Preclusions: LL4448/LL5448/LL6448/LLJ5448 Legal History: Themes and Perspectives

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

Examination Date: Different Mode of Examination

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