Course Information
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorAnna-Maria Konsta
Course ID100001258

Programme of Study: UPS School of Law (2015-today)

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Unified OrientationExchangeWinter-5

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours2
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
This course aims Α) to give students information about the general characteristics of the major legal systems and Β) to familiarize them with the methodological problems and the methodological tools of comparative law. The particular learning objectives of the course are: (1) Providing knowledge that will allow students to find easily the foreign law, to study foreign legal concepts and legal institutions and to compare them. (2) Approaching theoretical problems of comparative legal research, such as, classification and comparability of laws, evaluation of foreign legal solutions, legal borrowing and legal transplants. (3) Understanding the usefulness of comparative legal research in the various areas of positive law and legal science and engaging in exploratory activities that will allow them to apply the comparative legal method and to discover its usefulness.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course consists of three parts: The first part includes introductory lessons on the principles of the comparative method, the nature and the practical scope of comparative law and, more specifically, its role in the enactment and implementation of rules of law on the national, international and European Union level. The second part offers an examination of the general features of the major legal families, specifically the Roman-Germanic family on the one hand and the Anglo-American on the other. It will provide a thorough introduction to American law, as well as a presentation of the basic principles of Islamic law and its relationship with the Greek legal system. In the third part, we shall attempt a comparative examination of the solutions provided by American, English, German and French law to specific legal issues and, more specifically, to the problem of redressing pure economic loss.
Educational Material Types
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
Course Organization
Written assigments
Student Assessment
Students who choose to attend the course have to options. They can either prepare a written essay on topics related to the course and present that essay in an oral examination or participate in the final exams which are based on the whole content of the course. The process of evaluation between the two categories of students is the following: A. STUDENTS DECIDING TO PREPARE A WRITTEN ESSAY are evaluated on the base of their performance on that essay whose grade constitutes the 60% of the total grade as well as on the base of their performance on the oral examination whose grade is the remaining 40% of the total grade (Students with an excellent paper (more than 8,5) are exempted from the oral exams) B. STUDENTS DECIDING NOT TO PREPARE A WRITTEN WORK are evaluated according to their performance in the final written exams. Their final grade is their evaluation on that exams.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Course Book: Christina Deliyanni-Dimitrakou, Major legal systems and the problem of the recoverability of pure economic loss, Sakkoulas, 2008
Additional bibliography for study
Atiyah P.S., Summers R.S., Form and Substance in Anglo-American law, Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1996; Baker J.H. , An Introduction to English legal history, secon edition by Hamilton, 1977; Bell J., French Legal Cultures, Butterworths, 2001; David R., Brierley, J.E.C., Major Legal Systems in the World Today, 3th ed, 1985; Jolowicz J.A. Droit anglais, Dalloz, 1992; Kiralfy A. R, The English Legal System, 1992; Legrand, Comparer les droits resolument, puf, 2009, Mattei U., Comparative Law and Economics, 1997; Markesinis B., Always on the same path, essays on foreign law and comparative methodology, Hart, 2001; Menski W., Comparative Law in a Global Context: the Legal Systems of Asia and Africa, Platinium, 2000; Nelken D., (επ.), Comparing Legal Cultures, Dartmouth, 1997; Örücü E., The Enigma of Comparative Law: Variations on a Theme for the Twenty-first Century, 2004; Reimann Μ., Zimmermann R., The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Law, Oxford University Press, 2006; Riles A., Rethinking Masters of Comparative Law, Oxford-Portland, Hart, 2001; Zweigert Kötz, An Introduction to Comparative Law, 2002
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