Introduction to Law and Ethics – KASNEB Syllabus

PAPER NO.2: INTRODUCTION TO LAW AND ETHICS

GENERAL OBJECTIVE

This paper is intended to equip the candidate with the requisite knowledge, skills and attitudes to apply general principles of law and uphold ethics in various operating environments.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

A candidate who passes this paper should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of essential elements of the legal system
  • Demonstrate knowledge of legal personality
  • Apply general principles of law in practice
  • Uphold ethical and moral principles in various

CONTENT

Nature, purpose and classification of law

  • Meaning of law
  • Nature of law
  • Purpose of law
  • Classification of law
  • Law and morality

Sources of law

  • Constitution
  • Legislation
  • Common law and equity
  • African customary law
  • Islamic law
  • Judicial precedent

The court system

  • Establishment, structure, composition and jurisdiction of the courts
  • Supreme Court
  • Court of Appeal
  • High Court
  • Employment and Labour Relations Court
  • Magistrates Court
  • Court Martial
  • Kadhi’s Court

The law of persons

  • Natural persons
  • Nationality, citizenship and domicile
  • Artificial persons
  • Unincorporated associations
  • Incorporated association

The law of torts

  • Nature of tort
  • General defenses in the law of tort
  • Negligence
  • Defamation
  • Limitation of actions

The law of contract

  • Definition of contract
  • Classification of contracts
  • Formation of a contract
  • Discharge of contract
  • Remedies for breach of contract
  • Limitation of actions

Sale of goods

  • Nature of the contract
  • Formation of a contract
  • Terms of a contract
  • Rights and duties of the parties

Legal requirements for starting a business

  • Pre-registration procedures
  • Registration requirements
  • Licensing
  • Other requirements; County Government requirements

Foundations of Ethics

  • Ethical norms, morality, values and ethical culture
  • Code of ethics; integrity, confidentiality, independence, others
  • Standards of conduct and personal integrity
  • Conflict of Interest and Related Party Transactions
  • Whistle blowing

Linking ethics, laws and regulations

  • Legislative provisions on ethical conduct; The Constitution, Public Officers Ethics Act, other legislative and regulatory requirements
  • Role of kasneb, professional bodies and other regulatory bodies in enforcing ethical conduct
  • Penalties and sanctions for unethical conduct

Emerging issues and trends



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