Course Information
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorAnna-Maria Konsta
Course ID100001601

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

Registered students: 149
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Unified OrientationLimited Elective Courses in Special Topics844

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodSpring
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
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • 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
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Student Assessment
Students who choose to attend the course have two 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 basis of their performance on that essay whose grade constitutes the 60% of the total grade as well as on the basis of their performance in the oral examination whose grade is the remaining 40% of the total grade. Students with an excellent paper, i.e. 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 exam. Their final grade is their evaluation on that exam.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
"1. Χριστίνα Δεληγιάννη-Δημητράκου, Εισαγωγή στο Συγκριτικό Δίκαιο, εκδ. Σάκκουλας, Αθήνα/Θεσσαλονίκη 1997. Κωδικός Βιβλίου στον ΕΥΔΟΞΟ: 34450 2. Φ. Κοζύρης, Εισαγωγή στο αμερικανικό δίκαιο, εκδ. Σάκκουλας, Αθήνα/Θεσσαλονίκη 2002. Κωδικός Βιβλίου στον ΕΥΔΟΞΟ: 34448 3. Ε. Μουσταΐρα, Συγκριτικό Δίκαιο, Νομική Βιβλιοθήκη, Αθήνα 2012. Κωδικός Βιβλίου στον ΕΥΔΟΞΟ: 22768498"
Additional bibliography for study
Atiyah P.S., Summers R.S., Form and Substance in Anglo-American law, Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1996. Βρέλλης Σ, Συγκριτικό Δίκαιο, Eκδ. Αντ. Σάκκουλα, 1988 Baker J.H. , An Introduction to English legal history, 2η έκδ. από Hamilton, 1977. Bell J., French Legal Cultures, Butterworths, 2001. Δεληγιάννη-Δημητράκου Χ., Συγκριτικό Δίκαιο και Νομικός Πλουραλισμός, Εκδ. Σάκκουλα, 2008. David R., Brierley, J.E.C., Major Legal Systems in the World Today, 3η έκδ. 1985. Eυρυγένης Δ., Φραντζεσκάκης Φ., Σ. Συμεωνίδης, Συγκριτικό Δίκαιο, Θεσσαλονίκη, 1974 Jolowicz J.A,, Droit anglais, Dalloz, 1992. Legrand P., Comparer les droits résolument, puf, 2009. Kiralfy A. R, The English Legal System, 1992. Κοζύρης Φ., Συγκριτική Εισαγωγή στο Αμερικανικό Δίκαιο, Σάκκουλας, Θεσσαλονίκη, 2002 Legrand, P. Comparer les droits résolument, 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 Μουσταΐρα Ε., Σταθμοί στην πορεία του συγκριτικού δικαίου: θέσεις και αντιθέσεις, Eκδ. Αντ. Σάκκουλα, 2003. 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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