English Common Law with Prof. Adam Gearey

Course Description

The Common Law of England and Wales is one of the major global legal traditions. In order to understand the common law, we need to deal with its history, and the development of its characteristic institutions like the jury, judge made law, parliamentary sovereignty and due process. We also need to ask some critical questions. What role does democracy play in the development of the common law? To what extent are human rights central to the modern common law? How does the common law of England and Wales relate to the law of the European Union? Answering these questions will give us insights into the current challenges the law faces and its possible futures.

English Common Law with Prof. Adam Gearey
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Video Lectures & Study Materials

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I. Week I: Dead Kings and Presidents: A Brief History of the Common Law
1 Introduction to English Common Law Play Video
2 What is Law? Play Video
3 What is Common Law? Play Video
4 Student Chat: What Should Law Do? Play Video
5 Forum Feedback Play Video
6 Question Feedback 1 Play Video
7 Question Feedback 2 Play Video
8 Question Feedback 3 Play Video
II. Week II: See You In Court: The Court System and the Common Law
9 Introduction to the Court System Play Video
10 Introduction to the Civil and Criminal Courts Play Video
11 The Civil Courts Play Video
12 The Criminal Courts Play Video
13 The Supreme Court and the European Courts Play Video
14 The Relationship of the Hierarchy of the Courts to the Doctrine of Precedent Play Video
15 Common Law and Equity Play Video
16 A Contemporary View of Common Law and Equity Play Video
17 Live Session Play Video
III. Week III: Supreme Power: Parliamentary Sovereignty and Law Making
18 Introduction Play Video
19 Introduction to The Doctrine of Parliamentary Sovereignty Play Video
20 The Rise of Statute Law Play Video
21 Legal and Political Sovereignty Play Video
22 The European Union and Parliamentary Sovereignty Play Video
23 The Human Rights Act and Parliamentary Sovereignty Play Video
24 The Contemporary Reality of Parliamentary Sovereignty Judges Parliament and the Human Rights Act Play Video
IV. Week IV: Wigs and Pens: Judicial Law Making and the doctrine of Precedent
25 Introduction Play Video
26 Overview of Judicial Precedent Play Video
27 Judicial Precedent and the Role of the Judges Play Video
28 Modern Practice of the House of Lords Play Video
29 Decisions of the Court of Appeal Play Video
30 Decisions of the Court of Appeal Further Developments Play Video
31 Judicial Law Making Play Video
32 Judicial Law Making and the Human Rights Act Play Video
33 The Doctrine of Precedent and the European Court of Human Rights Play Video
V. Week V: Reading the Riot Act: How Statutes are Interpreted
34 Introduction to Statutes Play Video
35 Challenges of Statutory Interpretation Play Video
36 The Nature of Statutory Interpretation Play Video
37 The Presumptions of Statutory Interpretation Play Video
38 The Importance of Pepper v Hart Play Video
39 The Effect of Bulmer v Bollinger Play Video
40 New Methods of Interpretation Some Case Law Play Video
41 Purposive Interpretation Outside of the European Court Play Video
42 Statutory Interpretation and the Human Rights Act Play Video
VI. Week VI: After the War, Before the Peace: The European Union and Human Rights
43 Introduction to EU Laws Play Video
44 EU Treaties and ECHR Play Video
45 Links between the present and past of the EU Play Video
46 Foundational Values Play Video
47 The Institutions of the EU Play Video
48 EU Law Play Video
49 EU Convention of Human Rights Play Video
50 Rights Contained in the European Convention Play Video
51 Rights Contained within the European Convention Play Video


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