Principles of Common Law

Readings

New readings may be uploaded until the end of the semester. Please check for new readings until Friday 18 December 2020.

General Information

The class will take place every Tuesday, 12:15-13:45, from 15 September 2020 until 15 December 2020.

It will be held as an online live stream Zoom meeting. Subsequently, it can be viewed online as a presentation.

Check this website for the link to the Zoom meetings.

Syllabus

Please check the syllabus regularly for updates.

Syllabus (PDF, 578 KB)

Zoom Live Stream

Kern Alexander is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Principles of Common Law
Time: Sep 15, 2020 12:15 PM Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna
        Every week on Tue, until Dec 15, 2020, 14 occurrence(s)
        Sep 15, 2020 12:15 PM
        Sep 22, 2020 12:15 PM
        Sep 29, 2020 12:15 PM
        Oct 6, 2020 12:15 PM
        Oct 13, 2020 12:15 PM
        Oct 20, 2020 12:15 PM
        Oct 27, 2020 12:15 PM
        Nov 3, 2020 12:15 PM
        Nov 10, 2020 12:15 PM
        Nov 17, 2020 12:15 PM
        Nov 24, 2020 12:15 PM
        Dec 1, 2020 12:15 PM
        Dec 8, 2020 12:15 PM
        Dec 15, 2020 12:15 PM
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Podcast / Zoom Recordings

The podcasts / Zoom recordings can be watched here. Please note that due to technical difficulties individual lectures may not be recorded or only with disturbance. Students who forgo the attendance of a lecture or the writing of their own notes do so at their own risk. For technical reasons, the constant availability of records cannot be guaranteed. The loss of access to the recordings is not sufficient cause for an appeal against the examination. Scripts or other materials declared as examination relevant take priority over the podcasts / zoom recordings. In case of ambiguity contact the lecturer immediately. The recordings are for private use only. Redistribution in whatever form, in whole or in part, is not permitted without consent of the lecturer and may be punished by disciplinary measures or otherwise.

Zoom Recording - Lecture 1 (15 Sep 2020) (MP4, 147153 KB)

Zoom Recording - Lecture 2 (22 Sep 2020) (MP4, 140021 KB)

Zoom Recording - Lecture 3 (29 Sep 2020)  Part 1 (MP4, 147215 KB) & Part 2 (MP4, 101580 KB) (Prof. Elisabetta Fiocchi Malaspina)

Zoom Recording - Lecture 4 (6 Oct 2020) Part 1 (MP4, 61027 KB) & Part 2 (MP4, 66965 KB)

Zoom Recording - Lecture 5 (13 Oct 2020) Part 1 (MP4, 70158 KB)Part 2  (MP4, 53928 KB)

Zoom Recording - Lecture 6 (20 Oct 2020)  (MP4, 93754 KB)

Zoom Recording - Lecture 7 (27 Oct 2020)  (MP4, 168966 KB)

Zoom Recording - Lecture 8 (03 Nov 2020) (MP4, 150445 KB) 

Zoom Recording - Lecture 9 (10 Nov 2020) (MP4, 186709 KB)

Zoom Recording - Lecture 10 (17 Nov 2020) (MP4, 181259 KB)(Prof. Elisabetta Fiocchi Malaspina)

Zoom Recording - Lecture 11 (24 Nov 2020) Part 1 (MP4, 74982 KB) & Part 2 (MP4, 131696 KB) (Prof. Elisabetta Fiocchi Malaspina)

Zoom Recording - Lecture 12 (01 Dec 2020) - forthcoming

Zoom Recording - Lecture 13 (08 Dec 2020) - forthcoming

Zoom Recording - Lecture 14 (15 Dec 2020) - forthcoming

We do remind students that they are examined on lecture contents and readings, so this will not constitute any excuse for the examination.

Exam

Written examination (open book) - 24 hour essays exam

New (28.10.2020)

Starting time: Monday, 21 December 2020, 9:00am, CET (PDF of exam will be sent to students' UZH emails)

Ending time: Tuesday, 22 December 2020, 9:00am, CET (answers due to lst.alexander@rwi.uzh.ch no later than 9:00am)

 

Note: if this examination date is impossible for you, please get in touch with us at lst.alexander@rwi.uzh.ch as soon as possible. 

 

Note: Since several of the students have another exam on 17 December 2020, we are currently in the process of seeing with the examination office what option is available and feasible to provide another exam on a different date (likely between 21-23 December). If you have not yet done so, and if you are affected by this overlap, please send an email to lst.alexander@rwi.uzh.ch.

 

For more information, please visit:

https://www.ius.uzh.ch/en/studies/general/exams.html

Module booking: https://www.students.uzh.ch/de/booking.html

Mock Exam Questions: 

Mock Exam Questions_PCL (PDF, 52 KB)

 

Reading Materials

Lecture 1 - 15.09.2020 - Introduction, Admin, General Sources

G. Williams - The Division of the Law, Chapt. 1 (PDF, 4259 KB)

W. Geldart - Introduction to English Law, Chapter 1 (PDF, 477 KB)

K. Llewellyn - The Bramble Bush, Chapt. 1 (PDF, 4905 KB)

Optional reading:

O. W. Holmes Jr. - The Common Law, Chapt. 1 (PDF, 626 KB)

O. W. Holmes Jr. - The Common Law, Chapt. 2 (PDF, 696 KB)

 

Lecture 2 - 22.09.2020 - Case Law Method and Precedent, Role of Judges and Juries

K. Llewellyn - The Bramble Bush, Chapter 3 (PDF, 7550 KB) 

G. Williams - The Case Law Technique, Chapt. 6 (PDF, 5203 KB)

Simon, A Slave v The State of Florida (PDF, 6786 KB)

Video Financial Times: Brexit and Boris Johnson

Additional optional readings (useful for exam):

B. N. Cardozo - The Nature of the Judicial Process, Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF, 638 KB)

B. N. Cardozo - The Nature of the Judicial Process, Chapter 3 - The Judge as Legislator (PDF, 643 KB)

B. N. Cardozo - The Nature of the Judicial Process, Chapter 4 - Adherence to Precendent (PDF, 509 KB)

 

Lecture 3 - 29.09.2020 - History and the Common Law (Public Law and / or private Law)

A. Padoa Schioppa - A European History of Law. From the Early Middle Ages to the Twentieth Century, Chapt. 26 - Sixteenth-Eighteenth Century  (PDF, 155 KB)

A. Padoa Schioppa - A European History of Law. From the Early Middle Ages to the Twentieth Century, Chapt. 16 - Common Law: the Formative Age (PDF, 149 KB)

Magna Carta (PDF, 147 KB)

 

Lecture 4 - 06.10.2020 - Public Law, the Constitution and Statutory Interpretation

Introduction to Public Law 3p (PDF, 22 KB)

K. Llewellyn - The Bramble Bush - pp 70-81 (PDF, 2939 KB)

K. Williams - The Interpretation of Statutes, Chapt. 7 (PDF, 3851 KB)

Oxley - CityAM - 29-08-2019 (PDF, 1308 KB)

Optional readings: 

T. Poole - Back to the Future ? Unearthing the Theory of Common Law Constitutionalism 20p (PDF, 144 KB)

C. D. Jenkins - From Unwritten to Written: Transformation in the British Common Law Constitution 98p (PDF, 735 KB)

 

Lecture 5 - 13.10.2020 - Criminal Law I - Substantive Aspects

Adapted Lecture Handout (PDF, 755 KB)

Aaron Hernandez case summary (PDF, 358 KB)

HLA Hart - Liberty, Law, and Morality pp 6-24 (PDF, 2528 KB)

 

Lecture 6 - 20.10.2020 - Criminal Law II - Procedural Aspects

idem

 

Lecture 7 - 27.10.2020 - Torts

Handout - Accident: in Tort and beyond (PDF, 531 KB)

W. Geldart - Chapter 7 (PDF, 512 KB)

O. W. Holmes Jr. - The Common Law, Chapter 3 (PDF, 950 KB)

O. W. Holmes Jr. - The Common Law, Chapter 4 (PDF, 635 KB)

North Broward Hospital District v Susan Kalitan case (Florida Supreme Court) (PDF, 306 KB)

 

Lecture 8 - 03.11.2020 - Contract Law I lecture begins 30 minutes later

O. W. Holmes Jr. - The Common Law, Chapter 7 (PDF, 263 KB)

O. W. Holmes Jr. - The Common Law, Chapter 8 (PDF, 351 KB)

K. Llewellyn - The Bramble Bush, pp 81-89 (PDF, 2508 KB)

 

Lecture 9 - 10.11.2020 - Contract Law II

W. Geldart - Introduction to English Law, Chapter 6 (PDF, 512 KB)

J. Gordley - The Philosophical Origins of Modern Contract Law - Introduction (PDF, 332 KB)

K. Alexander, A Bank's Duty of Care, Chapter 9 (PDF, 4161 KB)

Additional Readings

Goldman Sachs v LIA (2 page summary) (PDF, 231 KB)

Contract Law - case law update (14 pages) - very good update summary, pay particular attention to the way judges can change the law

Contract-Law-Case-Law-Update-September-2016 (PDF, 1004 KB)

Brief on good faith (5 pages) - note how there is no duty under English law

Good Contract Law summary (14 pages)

 

Lecture 10 - 17.11.2020 - Property 

W. Geldart - Chapter 5 (PDF, 2283 KB)

 

Lecture 11 - 24.11.2020 - Equity and Trusts

W. Geldart - Chapter 2 (PDF, 1011 KB)

D. Hayton - Chapter 1 (PDF, 2417 KB)

Additional Intro to trusts (PDF, 329 KB)


Lecture 12 - 01.12.2020 - International law, European Dimension of UK Law and Brexit

G. Williams - The European Dimension, Chapt. 3 (PDF, 7773 KB)

R (Miller) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union (24 Jan 2017) (the "Brexit case") - READ IN FULL FOR THE EXAM

Press summary

BBC - The Brexit Supreme Court case ruling explained (24 January 2017)

Case analysis

House of Commons - Brexit timeline report (to download)

PM Theresa May's formal notification of withdrawal letter (29 march 2017)

Great Repeal Bill White Paper (30 March 2017) (to download)

Secretary of State for Exiting the EU speech to Parliament

BBC - Brexit: All you need to know about the UK leaving the EU

BBC report - Brexit deal: Theresa May's agreement with Brussels (8 December 2017)

Joint report from the negotiators of the European Union and the United Kingdom Government on progress during phase 1 of negotiations under Article 50 TEU on the United Kingdom's orderly withdrawal from the European Union. (8 December 2017)

 

Lecture 13 - 08.12.2020 - Business and Corporate Aspects & Exam review

K. Llewellyn, The Bramble Bush, pp 119-129 (PDF, 650 KB)

* Baskind, Osborne, Roach, Commercial Law, pp. 1-17

Available at Google books (click on the cover): https://books.google.ch/books?id=Zd4dDAAAQBAJ&hl=de&source=gbs_navlinks_s

Optional reading: 

* Hannigan, Company Law, chap. 1-3 = pp. 1-78

Available at Google books (click on the cover): https://books.google.ch/books?id=vsIyc8PSG-UC&dq=%22company+law%22&hl=de&source=gbs_navlinks_s

 

Lecture 14 - 15.12.2020 - Exam review week

- review session

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