LAWSG128 Comparative Constitutional Law
|LAWSG128: COMPARATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL LAW|
|Credit value:||15 credits (7.5 ECTS, 150 learning hours)|
|Other Teachers:||Jeff King|
|Teaching Delivery:||10 x 2-hour weekly seminars, Term Two|
|Who may enrol:||Any UCL Master’s student|
|Must not be taken with:||None|
|Qualifying module for:||LLM in Public Law|
|Introductory video||Currently there is no introductory video for this module|
|Practice Assessment:||Opportunity for feedback on plan for final essay in individual and group feedback sessions|
|Final Assessment:||One 3,000-word essay (100%)|
This module will introduce students into the comparative study of constitutions, constitution-making and constitutional change. We will start with an examination of methodological questions such as why and what we compare and continue with a comparative exploration of institutional arrangements, models of rights protection, and mechanisms for constitutional reform. Readings will cover both influential jurisdictions such as the US, the UK, France, Germany, India, and South Africa, and what are often considered jurisdictions at the periphery, from Eastern and Central Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. We will look at both liberal democratic constitutions and what has been termed ‘authoritarian constitutionalism’. Running themes throughout the course will include: the interplay between constitutional law and politics and between constitutional and international law, tensions between constitutionalism and democracy, constitutions as documents enshrining fundamental values versus entrenching political compromise, and constitutions as the basis for the empowerment versus the suppression of citizens.
The weekly seminars are highly participatory. There will be occasional optional film screenings, as well as expert guest speakers coming from the practical world of constitution-building assistance.
Topics covered will include:
Module reading lists and other module materials will be provided via online module pages, once students have made their module selections upon enrolment.
Optional readings include: