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LAWS476 Special Topic 7: Understanding Judges

Drawing on comparative material from Australia, the US, Canada, the UK and Spain, this paper examines the operation of courts and work of judges from first instance through to final courts of appeal. In addition to perspectives from comparative legal analysis the paper will also draw on insights into the structure and operation of the judicial branch arising from political science, as well as management, media and psychoanalytical studies.

Paper title Special Topic 7: Understanding Judges
Paper code LAWS476
Subject Law
EFTS 0.1000
Points 15 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2018
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96 LAWS points
Pre or Corequisite
Any 200-level LAWS paper not already passed
Limited to
LLB, LLB(Hons)
(i) Not all optional papers will be available in any given year. (ii) Summer School students who have not passed the normal prerequisites, or are not taking the programmes specified above, may be admitted with approval from the Dean of Law.
Teaching staff
Dr Richard Cornes, Faculty of Law, University of Essex.
Course materials provided
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
After completing the paper, students should have
  • Knowledge of the judicial system in New Zealand, Australia and other jurisdictions
  • Knowledge of the operation of courts and the work of judges from first instance through to the final courts
  • The ability to analyse and apply comparative legal perspectives
  • The ability to adapt knowledge about the judicial system in New Zealand to other jurisdictions

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Not offered in 2018

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system