Comparative Law (LAW-619C-001)
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The purpose of this course on comparative law is to explore the main methodological traditions as well as their practical implications in comparing different legal institutions in the United States, Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The first part of this course addresses the methodological preferences present at the inception of the discipline of comparative law at the turn of the twentieth century. It addresses the classic distinction between civil law and common law and between continental Europe and Anglo-American legal systems. The second part of this course offers a number of case studies of comparative law in practice with a particular focus on law and development. It explores several examples of legal reception and globalization of legal thought by analyzing particular reforms in the area of law and development, criminal law reform and administrative or private governance.
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