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English lectures / Licence 2 Droit/ semestre 3 / Mme Bory / 2007-2008

FACULTE DE DROIT Année universitaire 2007/2008

Séries A.B.C. Cours magistraux : Stéphanie Bory, Marion Del Bove, Professeurs agrégés d’anglais. (


English lectures / Licence 2 Droit/ semestre 3 / Mme Bory / 2007-2008

1. Chronology and history 2. The founding texts 3. Comparison with the US and France 4. Some notions: common law and equity Documents : The Magna Carta The Grand Remonstrance Habeas Corpus The Bill of Rights

LECTURE 2: A non written constitution
1. Introduction 2. Devolution to Scotland and Wales 3. The current debate on a writtenconstitution for Britain Documents: “Brown Hands Key Powers to Parliament”, The Guardian “At Long Last, Here is a Chance to Start Rewiring Britain’s Creaky Democracy”, The Guardian

LECTURE 3: The Monarchy
1. The Queen’s functions 2. The Queen’s speech 3. The cost of the monarchy Documents: Civil List “How Much it Takes to Live like a Queen”, New York Times.

LECTURE 4: Parliament 1: the Houseof Commons
1. Chronology: historical focus on Parliament and its origins 2. The British Parliament: its organisation 3. The Gunpowder plot 4. Whips Documents: The Gunpowder plot

Written test (during January exam period) = 50% Exposé + participation in TDs = 50%. Bibliography BROMHEAD, Peter, Life in Modern Britain, Harlow : Longman, 1991, 198 p. 941.085 BRO FRISON, Danièle,Civilisation britannique : documents constitutionnels, Paris : Ellipses, 1993, 302 p. 349.41 BEN FRISON, Danièle, Introduction au droit anglais et aux institutions britanniques, Paris : Ellipses, 2005, 288 p. 349 FRI JOHN, Peter & LURBE, Pierre, Civilisation britannique, Paris : Hachette, 2003, 223 p. 941 JOH


English lectures / Licence 2 Droit/ semestre 3 / Mme Bory / 2007-2008

LECTURE 1 :Introduction to English Law
1. Chronology and a bit of history: put the following events in the correct chronological order: The Glorious Revolution – Cromwell – Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation – Queen Victoria’s death – Union with Scotland – Union with Wales – Union with Ireland. In 1536, Wales was assimilated by England thanks to the Act of Union. England and Wales as a single entity. One flag withno mention of Wales. In 1649, Oliver Cromwell seized the power in England and Wales and established the Commonwealth. Charles I was executed in 1649. Cromwell died in 1658 and a new king was restored, Charles II. In 1688, there was the Glorious Revolution. William of Orange was invited to come to govern, and he became the new king, William III, with his wife Mary. In 1707, England and Wales signedthe Union Act with Scotland, thus creating Britain. A new flag. 300th anniversary this year. Creation of the Parliament of Britain. In 1801, Britain united with Ireland to create the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. In 1901, Queen Victoria died. She left her mark on the UK, since she had reigned for most of the 19th century. The Victorian era. In 1952, Elizabeth, George VI’s daughter,became the new queen. Photo: the attributes of the sovereign: the crwn and the Orb. 2. The founding texts: fill in the following table about the founding texts. Date Document Objectives Written by landowners to limit the abuses of King John. 1215 The Magna Carta The cornerstone of liberty and the chief defence against arbitrary and unjust rulein England. To establish a dual parliamentary monarchy. A petition passed by Parliament that listed all its grievances, but refused by Charles I.


The Grand Remonstrance


To regulate the links between the king and the judiciary, Habeas Corpus Amendment and guarantee by statute the old common law rights Act against arbitrary and wrongful imprisonment. To establish the supremacy...