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Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module takes a comparative approach, examining the processes of criminal justice in place in England and Wales, France and, to a lesser degree, Germany. It contrasts the different ways in which the guarantees of the European Convention on Human Rights (notably those arising out of Art. 6 ECHR, right to fair trial) are assured, both in theory and in practice. By reflecting on the different ways in which the objectives of the criminal process might be defined and achieved (in particular, the differences between adversarial and inquisitorial procedure), it examines the different ways in which ECHR guarantees are interpreted and understood.

Principal learning outcomes

At the end of the module, students will understand the main differences between adversarial and inquisitorial criminal procedure; will be able to compare the law and practice of different legal systems; and will be able to evaluate the extent to which ECHR guarantees are met in different legal systems.

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Other essential notes

The module and all readings are in ENGLISH. Knowledge of French or German is not required.

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: LA236-15)
C (Assessed/examined work) Assessed Course Work 50%
Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 50%
Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



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