General Course Information

1.1 Course details

Course code: LLAW6204
Course name: Public Law in Common Law Jurisdiction
Programme offered under: LLM Programme
Semester: First
Prerequisites / Co-requisites: No
Credit point value: 9 credits

1.2 Course description

Public Law in Common Law Jurisdictions (PLCLJ) is a course which aims to provide a strong grounding in and understanding of the principles governing the development and the operation of the common law, primarily in the context of public law.

PLCLJ consists of a series of taught Seminars and Discussions.

The course first provides students with an introduction as to the history, nature and distinguishing features of the common law.

The course then examines the development of public law in the United Kingdom and other common law jurisdictions . It will consider different aspects of the legal system and public law in common law jurisdictions, with particular focus on Hong Kong, and will examine the inter-actions between the common law system of the Hong Kong SAR and the PRC legal system. The course will also consider common law influence on the development of public law in China since the Late Imperial period.

1.3 Course teachers

Name E-mail address Office Consultation
Course convenor S K Lee sklee1@hku.hk CCT 301B By email

Learning Outcomes

2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course

CLO 1 To demonstrate a good basic understanding of certain key features of a Common Law Legal System (CLLS).

CLO 2 To demonstrate a solid understanding of the public law system of the HKSAR as well as key comparative features between Hong Kong, the UK and other common law jurisdictions.

CLO 3 To appreciate how public law within a CLLS is shaped by wider political, economic and social contexts.

CLO 4 To appreciate the fundamentals of a rule of law regime and how the concept of the rule of law has been shaped by the development of the common law and the wider political, economic and social contexts.

CLO 5 To demonstrate an ability to apply the understanding gained in 1-4 above to formulate and write a well-argued paper on an agreed topic within the framework of the PLCLJ course, and to take a final exam at the end of the course.

2.2 LLM Programme Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Please refer to the following link: https://course.law.hku.hk/llm-plo/

2.3 Programme Learning Outcomes to be achieved in this course



3.1 Assessment Summary

Assessment task Due date Weighting Feedback method* Course learning outcomes
Class participation N/A 20% 2, 3, 5 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Group project 9 Nov 2022 30% 1, 4, 5 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Take home exam 8 Dec 2022 50% 1, 2 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
*Feedback method (to be determined by course teacher)
1 A general course report to be disseminated through Moodle
2 Individual feedback to be disseminated by email / through Moodle
3 Individual review meeting upon appointment
4 Group review meeting
5 In-class verbal feedback

3.2 Assessment Detail

To be confirmed by the convenor.

3.3 Grading Criteria

Please refer to the following link: https://www.law.hku.hk/_files/law_programme_grade_descriptors.pdf

Learning Activities

4.1 Learning Activity Plan

Seminar: 3 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks
Private study time: 9.5 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks

Remarks: the normative student study load per credit unit is 25 5 hours (ie. 150 30 hours for a 6-credit course), which includes all learning activities and experiences within and outside of classroom, and any assessment task and examinations and associated preparations.

4.2 Details of Learning Activities

To be advised by the convenor.

Learning Resources

5.1 Resources

Reading materials: Reading materials are posted on Moodle
Core reading list: TBA
Recommended reading list: TBA

5.2 Links

Please refer to the following link: http://www.law.hku.hk/course/learning-resources/