Focused, comparative examination of legal institutions.
Comparative Criminal Justice Systems This course aims to familiarize the students with the general principles and institutions of criminal law from an international perspective. The course will begin with comparative assessment of major families of law by specifically introducing Common, Roman, Socialist and Islamic law traditions. In the second part of the course, we will deal with various concepts, institutions and processes of criminal justice by looking at a number of countries that will include England, France, China, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, South Africa, and the US among many others. Topics to be covered will also include comparative policing, prosecution, systems of trial, correction/punishment, prison systems, capital punishment, juvenile justice, transnational crimes (drugs, trafficking etc.), terrorism, crimes against humanity, international courts, communal justice systems and a discussion of rights and liberties of criminals under the law. The course will require students to do a fair amount of reading on a daily basis, actively participate in class discussions, follow relevant news in the media, and watch assigned movies and documentaries.
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Class assignments and grading
Class Assignments/Participation (20%); Midterm (40 %), Final Exam (40%)