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Archived Curricula Guide 2016–2018
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OTT12065 Introduction to comparative legal research 4 ECTS
Organised by
Law, Doctor of Law
Person in charge
Hanna Malik
Planned organizing times
Period(s) I II III IV
2016–2017 X

Learning outcomes

This course is aimed at doctoral students as well as at advanced master students in the Faculty of Law to provide them with advice and support in their doctoral research. By the end of the course the participants should have a general view of comparative law as a method of legal research and should:
- be aware of the significance of comparative legal research for their doctoral research
- be able to identify key sources of data in foreign legal systems, relevant for the purpose of their doctoral research
- be able to apply comparative legal methods in their doctoral research.
- understand the challenges of comparative legal research and how those challenges might be overcome.


This course introduces comparative law as a method of legal research. It consist of both lectures and a seminar. The first part of the course will give the participants knowledge of history and role of comparative law. Comparative law definition(s), aims, basic concepts and key debates in comparative legal research will be covered. The course will further explore major methods of comparative legal research and their challenges. Throughout the course the theoretical perspectives will be connected to concrete examples of comparative legal research. After the first part of the course, students will be asked to provide a 5 - page essay based on the PhD-topic in a comparative context or an excerpt from PhD-study/research proposal. The written assignment will be presented and discussed during the second part of the course. All participants will be invited to give feedback following the presentation.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 6 h 0 h
Independent work
Seminar 6 h 0 h

The module will be taught by ca. 6 hours lectures, written assignment and by ca. 6 hours. paper seminar.

Teaching language


Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Participation in classroom work
  • In English
  • In English
  • In English

The teaching will consist of both lectures and a seminar. Participating students are required to actively participate during lectures and paper seminar as well as to fulfill a written assignment (a 5-page essay based on the PhD-topic in a comparative context or an excerpt from PhD-study/research proposal), including presenting and discussing during paper seminar. Teaching language is English

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Numeric 0-5.
Active participation in lectures and paper seminar, written assignment in English, including presenting and discussing during seminar.

Study materials

Albin Eser (1997): The Importance of Comparative Legal Research for the Development of Criminal Sciences, in: Roger Blancpain (Ed.): Law in motion, The Hague: Kluwer, 1997, pp. 492-517

Esin Örücü (2012): Methodology of comparative law, in: Jan M. Smiths (Ed.): Elgar Encyclopedia of Comparative Law, Second Edition, 2012,  pp.560 ? 576

Jaakko Husa (2015): A New Introduction to Comparative Law; Hart Publishing, 2015.

Mark van Hoecke (2016): Methodology of Comparative Legal Research, in: Law and Method, December 2015, pp. 1- 36

A comprehensive reading guide and handouts will be provided one week before the course starts via Moodle2.

Further information

Restricted entry, limited to 12 students.

Belongs to following study modules

Faculty of Law
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Implementation details are unavailable.
Faculty of Law
Bachelor of Laws
Master of Laws DP
MDP in Law and Information Society
Doctor of Laws
Turku Law School