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Law

Criminal Law

  • Principles of criminal liability: actus reus, mens rea
  • Strict liability
  • Offences against the person: murder, involuntary manslaughter
  • Offences against property: theft, robbery, burglary

Contract Law

  • Formation of a contract: offer and acceptance
  • consideration, legal intent
  • Contents of a contract: contractual terms, types of terms, exemption clauses
  • Privity of contract
  • Vitiating factors: misrepresentation, mistake, economic duress, undue influence, restraint of trade.

Sources of Law

  • Doctrine of precedent: mechanics of precedent, stare decisis, obiter dicta, ratio decidendi, hierarchy of the courts, binding and persuasive precedent, overruling, reversing, distinguishing, law-making potential, the role of judges
  • Legislation: acts of parliament, green papers, white papers, legislative stages, delegated legislation, Orders in Council, statutory instruments, bylaws, control of delegated legislation, reasons for delegating legislative powers

Method of Assessment: End of unit examination