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TITLE The Maltese Legal System: An Introduction

LEVEL I - Introductory Level


DEPARTMENT Centre for the Liberal Arts and Sciences

DESCRIPTION This Unit is an introductory Unit to the Maltese Legal System intended to bring out the salient characteristics of the Maltese Legal System. In particular this Unit traces the historical origin of the Maltese Legal System, explains the extent to which it has been influenced by the civil law and the common law tradition, refers to the influences on Maltese Law by Public International Law and European Union Law, studies the historical evolution of the Maltese legal system and discusses the general notions of law.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the Unit the student will be able to:
- Understand the history of the Maltese Legal System;
- Identify the foreign legal traditions which have influenced the Maltese Legal System;
- Distinguish between the common law legal tradition and the civil law tradition;
- Cite the sources of the Maltese legal system.

2. Skills:

By the end of the Unit the student will be able to:
- List the main characteristics of the history of the Maltese Legal System;
- Relate how foreign legal traditions have influenced the Maltese legal system;
- Explain to what extent the Maltese legal system has been influenced by the common law legal tradition and the civil law tradition;
- Make reference to sources of the Maltese legal system.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Rethinking Maltese Legal Hybridity: A Chimeric Illusion or a Healthy Grafted European Law Mixture? Journal of Civil Law Studies, Volume 4, 2011, pp. 261-283.
- ‘Non-Autochthonous Law Influences on the Maltese Legal System’. Id-Dritt, Volume XXII, 2011, 265-278.


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Oral Examination Yes 25%
Assignment Yes 75%

LECTURER/S Kevin Aquilina (Co-ord.)
Raymond Mangion
Ivan Mifsud
David E. Zammit

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