At the most basic level, comparative family law is the comparison of legal systems for the regulation of intimate and family lives. Comparison can be functional, serving to inform the discussion about similar or different institutional arrangements to address analogous legal problems arising all over the world. Comparisons can also reveal the structural nature of law, leading to questions about the role of legal narratives about family law, the effects of those narratives on the state and the structure of society and more importantly law as a form of legal reasoning that travels across time and space to create new institutional forms and doctrinal arrangements

In this course, you will be provided with opportunities to:

1. Enhance our historical understanding of our home jurisdiction –our so-called Romano Germanic System;

2. Learn the foundation of other major legal orders (common law, Civil Law, Islamic Law, Socialist Law,…);

3. Develop an appreciation for Method (how to approach the study of different legal systems or cultures) and Theory (what drives legal change across time);