Important issues in legal philosophy range from abstract conceptual questions about the nature of law and legal systems, to normative questions about the relationship between law and morality, politics and other norms as well as the justification of various legal institutions. Although this course will deal with conceptual themes of philosophy of law especially in the first section, the course generally focusses on the practical and readily applicable aspects of the field.
ECTS Credits: 6
Professor: Isaac Mutelo
This course will focus on some of the key legal theories, human rights and judicial systems of different countries and their practice, interpretation and application of law. The course will mainly deal with the customary law, sharia law and constitutional laws of different countries and the related legal practices. The course introduces one to some of the central issues and concepts in legal philosophy with the aim of helping one to readily appreciate the contribution philosophy can make in dealing with contemporary legal problems, issues and challenges.
Table of contents
SECTION I: OVERVIEW OF PHILOSOPHY OF LAW
SECTION II: ANALYTICAL JURISPRUDENCE (TRADITIONAL THEORIES OF LAW)
SECTION III: RIGHTS, HUMAN RIGHTS AND CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS
SECTION IV: CONSTITUTIONAL LAW
SECTION V: CONSTITUTIONAL INTERPRETATION AND LAW OF EVIDENCE
SECTION VI: CUSTOMARY LAW
SECTION VII: ISLAM AND SHARIA LAW
STUDY AND REVISION QUESTIONS