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Judicial and Law

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These free resources are organised into categories aligned to the College of Policing Curriculum and in agreement with police experts. You can study them at any time and anywhere.

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An hour or less of study More than 7 hours of study

An hour or less of study

What makes the legal system just?

If a legal system is to dispense justice, it must be just. How do you create that in the courts? This is discussed in a 10-minute video discussion between a mixture of academics from the Open University, a High Court judge, a Queens Council and a scholarship student. 

Type of activity: Learning resource

What's your verdict?

What exactly is 'justice'? Follow this fictional case and see if you can make judgements based on the facts as they are presented to you. This interactive video gives you the chance to hear the prosecution and defence, and then determine whether you think the defendant is guilty or not guilty. At the end you will be able to find if the other jurors agree with you.

Type of activity: Learning resource

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More than 7 hours of study

Introduction to law in Wales

This course explores the law-making powers of the Welsh Assembly, the administration of justice in Wales and the history and evolution of law in Wales. You will explore the process of devolution, understand the relationship between the Welsh Assembly and UK Parliament and show an awareness of the on-going development in relation to a Welsh jurisdiction. 

Type of activity: Course

Rights and justice in international relations

Can the concept of human rights be applied across borders or are rights culturally specific? Is it realistic, or even desirable, to aim at an international system based on universal principles of justice? This course takes a critical view of the assumption that 'rights are a good thing' and looks at the problems that arise when they are applied in the international arena.

Type of activity: Course

Law and change: Scottish legal heroes

This free course, Law and change: Scottish legal heroes, explores the legal system in Scotland and considers how individuals, institutions and organisations have made a difference by challenging the law or legal system. You learn about the law-making process in Scotland, explore how the legal system has been influenced by change and consider how law has been used to respond to developments in society. Scots laws and lawyers have influenced development of laws on a national, regional and global level and you explore examples of this influence. You'll consider how words such as reasonableness, duty, rights, justice, fairness are used in relation to law and legal systems and their relevance in contemporary Scotland before looking at how you can make a difference by becoming involved in the law making process yourself

Type of activity: Course

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