CmprLaw:Relig v Sclr Lgl Sys (LAW-619B-001)
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This course will examine Comparative Law in a broad sense, exploring ideas about the role of law and its evolution in different societies through study of the secular and religious foundations within those societies. The course will begin with the question: what is comparative law? The answer to this question is largely shaped by the world view of the questioner. Comparative law has been used for many different purposes and some of these will be explored. The aim of this course is to assist us in situating our own legal system within the broader global framework and to allow us to be self aware and self critical and perhaps moderate our own views about what the “rule of law” can do on a global scale and how “law” is perceived given an individual or group’s world view as molded by history and circumstance. Is there a divergence among legal systems? Is there a convergence taking places as a result of increasing transnational linkages and economic interdependence? How has the discipline of comparative law changed in response to globalization? What role does comparative law play in the workings of international organizations? What role should it play? What does the study of religious legal systems teach us about the secular legal traditions and vice versa? What does the study of religious or moral codes tell us about attitudes in different societies towards law?
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