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Department of Public Law

The Department of Public Law of the Faculty of Laws is one of the principal Departments of the Faculty. It is a Department which is involved through its teaching activities in both the Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree course. 

The Department of Public Law has, in addition to the above, teaching responsibilities towards students reading for an undergraduate Diploma of Legal Procurator. Other courses offered by the Faculty of Laws where the Department of Public Law contributes are the Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) degree course and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree course. The Department of Public Law also offers a post-graduate research master’s degree in law – the M.A. Law.

At the Faculty of Laws, Public Law comprises various areas of legal studies. For instance, the subjects currently studied under Public Law are: Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Human Rights Law, Employment Law, Taxation Law, Private International Law, Social LawLocal Government Law, Industrial Law, Sports Law, Education Law, Tourism Law, Ombudsman Legislation and Statistics Law. Other subject areas are in the process of being developed.

Apart from normal lecturing in the above subject areas, the Department organises tutorials and seminars for students following the compulsory subjects (Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Private International Law, etc.). The academic staff within this Department also act as Supervisors/Co-Supervisors for dissertations/theses written by students in the Faculty of Laws following M.A. Law, the M.Phil. and Ph.D. degree courses. The Department of Public Law is very much involved in examining students following credits in the subject areas falling within the remit of Public Law. It also assists students in their day to day queries on the manifold aspects of Public Law.

Courses in the Faculty of Laws are held in the English Language. Hence the areas of study in the Department of Public Law can be followed not only by Maltese citizens but even by foreign students. Some courses offered by the Department are also delivered by academic members of staff who do not form part of the Department of Public Law but from other Departments from other Faculties thereby bringing a diverse perspective to legal studies which enriches the teaching offeredby the Department. 

The Department runs two evening courses, a Master of Arts in Mediation and a Diploma in the Laws of Procedure.


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