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Free online course: English Common Law – Structure and Principles

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The Common Law of England and Wales is one of the major global legal traditions. In order to understand the common law, we need to deal with its history, and the development of its characteristic institutions like the jury, judge made law, parliamentary sovereignty and due process.

We also need to ask some critical questions. What role does democracy play in the development of the common law? To what extent are human rights central to the modern common law? How does the common law of England and Wales relate to the law of the European Union? Answering these questions will give us insights into the current challenges the law faces and its possible futures.

This six weeks course offered by University of London is taught by Professor Adam Gearey entirely in English. The University of London is a federal University which includes 17 world leading Colleges. Their International Programmes were founded in 1858 and have enriched the lives of thousands of students, delivering high quality University of London degrees wherever their students are across the globe. Their alumni include 7 Nobel Prize winners.

Students are welcome to audit this course for free or to opt-in for a paid verified certificate by University of London. Financial aid is available to students, who cannot afford the fee. To obtain a verified certificate students must successfully complete the minimum requirements of all assignments.

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