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Comparative Law & Development (LAW-619C-001)

Meets: 10:30 AM - 12:20 PM (M) - Room 528

Enrolled: 24 / Limit: 45


First-year full-time JD only


Offers a survey of comparative law – its meaning, purpose, and effect in today’s world. Through the study of comparative law, one is better able to understand one’s own legal system, and gain a perspective on the reasons for the differences that do exist between different legal orders. After offering a brief survey of the purpose and methods of comparative law, this course offers a number of case studies of comparative law in practice, drawn from civil law and common law legal systems as well as comparative constitutional law in areas such as abortion, freedom of speech, gender equality, social rights, comparative criminal procedure, and comparative private law including torts, property and privacy. The materials draw upon the law of the U.S., as well as that of countries around the world including Canada, Europe, China, South Africa and India. (Examination)

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First Class Readings

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