Age of Empire. Again?

Sue Farran

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Abstract

One of the tools and consequences of colonialism was the export of law and the subsequent legacy of legal pluralism. In many countries that legal pluralism persists, so that their legal systems are complex multi-source systems. The importance of legal education and the training of lawyers is integral to the characteristics and functioning of legal systems and one of the dimensions that comparative legal scholars consider when looking at legal systems. This paper considers a new form of legal export which might be seen by some as a new tool of legal imperialism: legal education either through multi-modal distance learning for foreign students, or through the recruitment of foreign students to UK institutions, or the establishment of a UK university presence in a foreign country. Analysing data drawn from university websites, this paper explores the potential significance of undergraduate legal education as a foreign transplant or as received by foreign students, and the role that comparative scholars might play in the context of contemporary trends in student recruitment, programme design and academic engagement with diversity in laws.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 25 May 2013
EventIrish Society of Comparative Law Annual Conference - National University of Ireland (NUI Galway)
Duration: 25 May 2013 → …
http://www.legalscholars.ac.uk/events/legal-event-details.cfm?no=1625

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ConferenceIrish Society of Comparative Law Annual Conference
Period25/05/13 → …
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