This course offers a comparative and critical investigation into criminal law and criminal justice as it is conceptualised and also how it operates within the main legal traditions of the world. The course explores the relationship between law, justice, crime and punishment and how each is manifest within contemporary legal systems. The course uses comparative methodology to highlight similarities and differences between and within legal traditions. It also will assess the different criminal law processes and their outcomes and how these can inform criminal law reform in a global context.

Semester long - 1 day/week
Next course:
2 August 202120 September 2021 (see all)
Associate Professor Ann Black
UQ St Lucia (view map)
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Topics covered

In this course, we explore the legal traditions, criminal justice institutions and offences through a case study approach, including:

  • UK and Germany
  • Dayaks of Borneo
  • Confucianism in Korea
  • Syariah in Saudi Arabia & Brunei
  • Socialism in PRC
  • Colonialism in Indonesia
  • Pluralism in Malaysia
  • Military in USA & Australia
  • Morality: adultery & prostitution
  • Genocide & crimes ag humanity
  • Human Rights including death penalty, lèse majesté; honour killings; anti-terrorism offences

Who is the course designed for

Our CPD courses are available to professionals interested in contemporary legal issues.

Whether you're looking to acquire CPD points, expand your knowledge in a specific area of the law, or gain a general understanding of legal issues impacting your profession, our courses will equip you to go further in every possible future.

Style of learning

Our courses are delivered in collaborative, seminar-style teaching environments, in the award-winning Forgan Smith building.

Our CPD participants benefit from small class sizes which encourage group discussion and debate, and 1-on-1 access to industry experts and leading researchers.


This course is delivered at UQ St Lucia campus.

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Enrol as CPD

This course is part of the Masters of Laws postgraduate program.

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Upcoming sessions

2 August 2021 9:00am20 September 2021 5:00pm
Associate Professor Ann Black

CPD enrolment closes two weeks prior to the course start date.

No entry requirements apply, you are not required to submit assessment and your course participation cannot be used as academic credit towards a degree qualification.

Our courses count toward Queensland Law Society Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points if you can demonstrate relevance to your legal practice.

Ann Black teaches and researches in the field of comparative law and legal pluralism. She has a strong research focus on the law and legal cultures of Asia, and in the role of Shari’a law in Australia and other nations of the Asia-Pacific, in particular, Singapore and Brunei Darussalam. Ann’s book, Modern Perspectives on Islamic Law, co-authored with Nadir Hosen and Hossein Esmaeili, contributes to scholarship in these topical matters. She is also the co-author of Law and Legal Institutions of Asia: Traditions, adaptations and innovations.