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LAWS6896: Internatl and Comparative Criminal Justice

2024 unit information

This unit uses comparative law methodology to critically discuss aspects of criminal investigation, prosecution and punishment focusing on law enforcement and criminal trial practice in various legal systems. Particular topics include the comparison of legal traditions and cultures with a focus on criminal justice, the impact of different legal systems on transnational criminal justice processes and the dynamics and challenges of transplanting criminal law and procedure across legal systems. The unit explores furthermore the growing globalisation of criminal justice through an examination of forms of transnational crime and the infrastructure that is being developed to regulate cross-border criminality. It will explore the development of various institutions in response to transnational crimes and their relation to international, regional and domestic human rights and access to justice. The unit addresses the Law School's Course Learning Outcomes, and the University's Graduate Qualities, in particular: depth of disciplinary expertise, critical thinking and problem solving, and oral and written communication. It is designed to attract students interested in criminal law, transnational law, comparative law and practitioners in the areas of criminal justice and policing. Further information about this unit is available in the Sydney Law School timetable, unit of study outline and academic staff profile

Unit details and rules

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Code LAWS6896
Academic unit Law
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Critically analyse the attributes and challenges of various criminal justice systems, incorporating a socio-legal perspective.
  • LO2. Evaluate the dynamics of legal system comparison, transnational cooperation, historical progress, and contemporary criminal justice policy.
  • LO3. Contextualise national criminal laws and practices within transnational and global frameworks.
  • LO4. Critically discuss contemporary issues in transnational and comparative criminal justice through case study analysis.
  • LO5. Assess and articulate the ethical challenges in transnational criminal justice cooperation using sound and logically structured legal arguments.
  • LO6. Develop advanced skills in comparative criminal justice analysis, law reform identification, research, and academic writing. Use these to communicate complex legal concepts to diverse audiences.

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Intensive May 2024
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
There are no availabilities for previous years.

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