Curso gratuito de Introducción al Common Law impartido por la Universidad de Londres

Fuente: University of London (Coursera Project)

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Información del curso:


English Common Law: An Introduction

Dame Hazel Genn of UCL

For students or professionals who have an interest in learning about the development and application of the law in a common law jurisdiction.

Next Session:
Jun 1st 2013 (6 weeks long)  
Workload: 5-10 hours/week 


About the Course

This course is designed as an introduction to English Common Law and will give students a broad understanding of the characteristics and functions of the English Legal System. Students will gain knowledge of the sources of English law, the system of courts and tribunals in England and Wales and the legal profession and judiciary. Students will be introduced to the principles of legal research and identification of sources of law. 


About the Instructor(s)

Dame Hazel Genn is Dean of Laws, Professor of Socio-Legal Studies and co-director of the UCL Judicial Institute in the Faculty of Laws at University College London, where she is also an Honorary Fellow. She previously held a Chair and was Head of the Department of Law at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London. Before joining London University, she held full-time research posts at Oxford University Centre for Socio-Legal Studies (1974-1985) and the Cambridge Institute of Criminology (1972-74). In January 2006, she was appointed an Inaugural Commissioner of the new Judicial Appointments Commission established under the Constitutional Reform Act 2005 and was a member of the Committee on Standards in Public Life 2003-7. In April 2009 she was appointed to the Secretary of State's Advisory Panel on Judicial Diversity. She has been a Fellow of the British Academy since 2000, a member of its Council 2001-2004 and is currently Chair of its Communications and Publications Committee. In 2005, she was awarded the US Law and Society International Prize for distinguished scholarship and she holds Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of Keele, Edinburgh , Leicester, and Kingston . She worked with the Judicial Studies Board for 12 years, serving as a member of the Main Board and the Tribunals Committee, and contributing to the design and delivery of training for the judiciary at all levels. She served for eight years as Deputy Chair and then Chair of the Economic and Social Research Council's Research Grants Board. In 2008 she was elected Honorary Master of the Bench of Gray's Inn.

Recommended Background

Students will not be required to have any previous study of the law. 

Course Format

The course will be delivered via video and audio lectures along with online formative assessment and sophisticated activities. Students will also have the opportunity to undertake legal research tasks to gain additional skills. 




  • What is Common Law? 

Historically the common law originated in England in the Kings Courts and emerged from the Kings Judges who travelled round the country adopting what they considered to be the best legal rules from each area. It has developed into a body of law which has evolved through the development of case law.

  • Will this cover other jurisdictions?

English Common Law underpins the law in many Commonwealth jurisdictions which in turn have contributed to the evolution of the common law.

  • Will this course count towards the study of a qualifying law degree?

No. Most jurisdictions will have their own rules regarding what is required to qualify as a solicitor or a barrister and you should refer to the appropriate bodies in the country where you wish to practice.

  • Where can I find out about more information regarding this subject and the University of London programmes?

The content of this course is drawn from the extensive world renowned portfolio of flexible study programmes offered through the University of London International Programmes.  These programmes result from a collaboration between the University of London International Academy and 12 Colleges of the University of London.  Established in 1858, the International Programmes is the world’s oldest provider of flexible learning. Today there are 52,000 students in 180 countries studying  through the University of London International Programmes, for more than 100 qualifications at degree, higher education diploma and certificate level.  The University also works with a network of independent teaching centres worldwide, all of which provide teaching, tutoring and pastoral care. For more information please visit



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