Comparative Constitutional Law module (LW32035)

Explores the different ways constitutions operate and how different constitutions address similar problems

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In this module, major topical issues in constitutional law will be analysed comparatively. You will be introduced to various methodologies used in comparative constitutional law enquiry.

You will also look at the uses and limits of comparative constitutional enquiry as a field of law. Various classifications of constitutions will be explored.

After this, you will move on to focusing on topical themes in the field.

The module focuses on:

  • how constitutions change
  • crises of constitutions and constitutionalism
  • the constitutional protection of rights
  • and the uses of artificial intelligence in constitutional law

Specific seminar topics include:

  • constitution-making and constitutional amendment
  • constitutional unamendability
  • populism,
  • constitutional change
  • challenges to judicial independence
  • constitutional crises
  • the constitutional protection of rights
  • states of emergency (with a focus on the constitutional responses to the Covid-19 pandemic)
  • economic and social rights.
  • A range of jurisdictions are covered from six continents and students are encouraged to focus on their own choice of jurisdiction(s) throughout their study of the module.

What you will learn

In this module, you will:

  • analyse major topical issues in constitutional law from a comparative (domestic and international) perspective

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • analyse, evaluate, and synthesise some of the most important issues in contemporary comparative constitutional law
  • enhance and expand on the ideas presented in your first and second years of study, especially in the public law modules
  • research new areas of law

Assignments / assessment

  • short assignment (30%) 
  • reflective essay (70%)

This module has two elements of coursework. The first is a short piece, for example, a response paper. The second is a longer reflective essay.

This module does not have a final exam.

Teaching methods / timetable

  • seminars
  • independent study

This module is delivered by student-led seminars, based on prior reading, allowing a high level of engagement.  

This module is available at Levels 3 and 4. You are only able to take one version of this module. Your adviser of studies will help you choose.


This module is available on following courses: