National University




CJA 627 Comparative CJ Systems

Lead Faculty: Dr. Victor Lewis JD

Course Description

A comparison of the American criminal justice system with other systems around the world. Students will evaluate the systems of law, police, courts and corrections in 30 different countries and examine the diversity that exists in the world legal systems. Also examines and compares American and foreign justice policies.

Learning Outcomes

  • Evaluate and compare the American criminal justice system with that of other systems
  • Assess and compare the existing systems of American and foreign justice policy
  • Evaluate and compare substantive and procedural law in four legal traditions-Common Law, Civil Law, Socialist, and Islamic
  • Evaluate and compare the international perspective on corrections with that of the American system
  • Evaluate and compare the various ways policing, adjudication, and corrections systems can be organized and operated
  • Assess and appraise the diversity of the systems of law, police and courts in 30 different countries
  • Evaluate the historical Islamic legal traditions and its importance in the 21st century