New readings may be uploaded until the end of the semester. Please check for new readings until Friday 18 December 2020.
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.
Please check the syllabus regularly for updates.
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 - postponed to Dec 10
New: Dec 10, 2020 12:15 PM
Dec 15, 2020 12:15 PM
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Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 971 4831 4016
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 10 (17 Nov 2020) (MP4, 177 MB)(Prof. Elisabetta Fiocchi Malaspina)
Zoom Recording - Lecture 13 (08 Dec 2020) - lecture postponed to 10 Dec 2020, 12:15-13:45 - please note that due to technical issues, the second half of the lecture may be of poor sound quality for some users. Please find below the audio only version.
We do remind students that they are examined on lecture contents and readings, so this will not constitute any excuse for the examination.
Written examination (open book) - 24 hour essays exam
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 email@example.com no later than 9:00am)
Note: if this examination date is impossible for you, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
Please be aware that the internal exam grading process will continue until mid February. Once this is reached, the University of Zurich will transfer all the marks into the online system, and the grades will be published in the module booking tool / student portal latest on 24 February. Your official transcripts will be available online latest on 26 February. At this point you will also be able to download the exam, the model answer, and the grade scale.
For more information, please visit:
Module booking: https://www.students.uzh.ch/de/booking.html
Mock Exam Questions:
Lecture 12 (01 Dec 2020): Please see lecture 9
Lecture 1 - 15.09.2020 - Introduction, Admin, General Sources
Lecture 2 - 22.09.2020 - Case Law Method and Precedent, Role of Judges and Juries
Additional optional readings (useful for exam):
Lecture 3 - 29.09.2020 - History and the Common Law (Public Law and / or private Law)
Lecture 4 - 06.10.2020 - Public Law, the Constitution and Statutory Interpretation
Lecture 5 - 13.10.2020 - Criminal Law I - Substantive Aspects
Lecture 6 - 20.10.2020 - Criminal Law II - Procedural Aspects
Lecture 7 - 27.10.2020 - Torts
Lecture 8 - 03.11.2020 - Contract Law I lecture begins 30 minutes later
Lecture 9 - 10.11.2020 - Contract Law II
Contract Law - case law update (14 pages) - very good update summary, pay particular attention to the way judges can change the law
Brief on good faith (5 pages) - note how there is no duty under English law
Lecture 10 - 17.11.2020 - Property
Lecture 11 - 24.11.2020 - Equity and Trusts
Lecture 12 - 01.12.2020 - International law, European Dimension of UK Law and Brexit
R (Miller) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union (24 Jan 2017) (the "Brexit case")
House of Commons - Brexit timeline report (to download)
Great Repeal Bill White Paper (30 March 2017) (to download)
Lecture 13 - 08.12.2020 - Business and Corporate Aspects & Exam review - Note: lecture 13 postponed until Thur, 10 December, 12:15-13:45 via Zoom
* 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
* 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
- no new readings
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