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QLLM312 Comparative Criminal Justice (Sem 2)

This module examines civil and common law jurisdictions in the area of criminal justice in different cultural contexts (i.e. Europe, Asia, Australasia, North America) and addresses possible conflicts of interests when having to work together internationally and trans-nationally. It traces the evolution of civil and common law criminal justice systems, assesses similarities of legal doctrines, theories and application of punishment, prison systems and legal aid provision. The first half of the module will provide an overview of different types of criminal justice systems around the globe, including the assessment of similarities and differences in substantive criminal law. The second half of the module will consider criminal procedure, the trial process, legal aid, penalties, prison systems and rehabilitation programs in different cultural contexts and how judicial cooperation between the systems can by hampered by differences in criminal procedure requirements.


The module aims to equip students with a solid knowledge of the similarities and difference between a number of criminal justice systems in the areas of both substantive and procedural criminal law and to raise the awareness of students with regard to the legal, political and ethical challenges of judicial cooperation  as well as critically evaluate the role of different actors, such as courts, prosecutors and regions, such as the European Union, in this field.

Applicable Groupings

  • LLM in Criminal Justice
  • LLM in European Law
  • Laws (General)
  • LLM Flexible Study.

Mode of Assessment

5,000 word course essay


22.5 Credits

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