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Legal Systems and Methods

The main purpose of the course Legal Systems and Methods is to help law students develop tools to successfully negotiate the difficulties that arise from clashing legal traditions in everyday legal work in an international or internationalized setting.

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Legal Systems and Methods is given as an elective course within the framework of the exchange programmes at the Department of Law, Stockholm University. Swedish law students admitted by the department are also given access to the course.

Read more about exchange programmes at the Department of Law 

To develop tools to successfully negotiate the difficulties that arise from clashing legal traditions in everyday legal work in an international or internationalized setting, the students first and foremost will be given an introduction to legal culture within the most theoretically and practically important legal systems. The curriculum places particular emphasis on legal methods and techniques specific to a legal tradition. Since legal cultures are constantly evolving, their historical background and ideological underpinnings must be considered.

In addition to the study of the legal methods of the world, students are required to develop such skills that facilitate legal work in situations where more than one legal tradition is involved. Practical exercises will help students to acquire inter-cultural legal communication skills and strategies (International Lawyering). The course closes with a case study.


  • Course structure

    Follow the link below to read more about the course details.

    Syllabus - Legal Systems and Methods

    Course description (224 Kb)


    Teaching format

    Instruction is given in the form of lectures, group work, seminars and a case study.


    The course is examined on the basis of a written exam and a case study.

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    Course literature and material

    • Zweigert, K – Kötz, H, An introduction to Comparative Law, 3rd ed., Oxford 1998 (492 pages)


    • Extract from Interpreting Statutes. A Comparative Study. Ed MacCormick
    • Summers, Routledge, New York 2016 Extract from Interpreting Precedents. A Comparative Study. Ed. MacCormick
    • Summers, Routledge, New York 2016 (in total 432 sidor). 

    Other articles and essays in the curriculum will be published on the course’s platform (Athena) under the heading Literature and course material.

    In addition to the reading list, further material can be added during the course period, if a lecturer requests that a specific article etc. is to be read in preparation for classes. Such material will be announced in Athena. 

  • More information

    Learning platform

    During the course, registered students will receive additional course information on the Athena learning platform.

    Open planning in Athena

    The Departement

    Read more about education at the Department of Law at Stockholm University on our homepage.

    Education - Department of Law 


    Video presentation


    Video presentation of the course 


  • Contact

    Course contact:  

    Course coordinator: 
    Gia Le Truong

    Course manager: 
    Marie Sandström