Welcome to Comparative Legal Systems!

Dear LLM students,

Welcome to the spring semester of 2015. If you are reading this then you are probably enrolled in Comparative Legal Systems course this semester. I am really looking forward to meeting you all and working with you this semester.

Here is a link to the course outline: Course outline LLM Comparative Legal Systems

Please take a look at it. I will try to have copies for each of you when we meet. We will discuss it this coming week.

Have a great weekend.

Slideshow # 2 Social Theory and Law

Hi Social Theory and Law students

Here is a link to Slideshow #2 Social Theory and Law. When you have time, please read it and if you can, print it. We will discuss it in class this coming week inshaAllah. If not, early in week 3. It would be good if you could bring it to class with you to take notes on the slides.

Have a great weekend.


Glossary – some terms to know

Hi Social Theory students

Here is a link to Slideshow #1 Social Theory which we will talk about in class this week. It contains some words that we will use during this course so its good to know what they mean.

Please read the slides before class. If you can, print the slides and bring them to class with you. Then you can write your own notes next to the slides. There are various printing options – you can print them with notes space underneath or beside them. Check out the options when you click ‘print’ on your computer. Alternatively, you can use them on your laptop or tablet etc.

See you in class.



Natural Law – reading from Raymond Wacks’ book

Hi Social Theory and Law students,

Here is a link to some pages for you to read on the topic of Natural Law. They have been scanned from a book by Raymond Wacks called “Philosophy of Law – A Very Short Introduction”. I will bring the book to class to show you, in case you want to get a copy. There is also a copy in the library.

Please read these pages at the beginning of our unit on Natural Law. They will help you to understand the discussions we have in class. They will also help you to develop a deeper understanding of the topic which will be beneficial when you need to write exam essays!

The reading raises some interesting questions. Let me know what you think of it.

Reading – electronic book

Hi Social Theory students

Here is a link to an e-book which you can use to help understand the material we talk about in class.

You can download the whole book. Then read the introduction (if you can) which starts on page 1.

After that, try to look at p211, chapter 13, called Natural Law Theory by Brian Bix. As we move though the course, you can read the chapter that matches what we are talking about in class.

So, Legal Positivism is in chapter 14. American Legal Realism is in chapter 15. Critical Legal Studies is in chapter 16. And if you are doing some research on one of the topics for your presentation, you might also like to look at other chapters (for example, Feminist Jurisprudence in chapter 18 or Legal Formalism in chapter 20).

I will post other materials too from time to time.

Welcome to the new semester – Spring 2015

Assalam alaikum wa rahmatula wa barakatoh,

Welcome to Social Theory and Law for Spring semester 2015. I am going to post material on this blog from time to time so please check back often. I will also tweet new postings whenever I can so if you want you can follow me on Twitter @MyraWilliamson.

If you want to download and print the course outline click on this link: Course outline Social Theory Spring 2015

We will discuss the course outline in week 1. I will also have a copy for everyone who is enrolled by the start of the semester.

All the best and I hope you have a great semester full of learning and new ideas.



Current Legal Issues: survey

Hi Current Legal Issues students

I wrote this 10 question survey to let you give me some feedback. You don’t need to identify yourself, although you can do if you want to.

Here’s the survey

I value your feedback and would like to know what you think.

Well done for finishing the course. It has been my pleasure to be part of your learning experience this semester. I hope you have a nice summer break.