264.75 sec. 001 - Introduction to Comparative Law (Spring 2019)
Instructor: Laurent Mayali (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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- M 2:10 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Law 244
From January 07, 2019
To April 23, 2019
Course End: April 23, 2019
Class Number: 32372
Enroll Limit: 25
As of: 06/11 02:48 PM
“Comparative Law” is a perplexing expression. It does not refer to any particular branch of law nor to the existence of a specific body of rules. It is most of all, the study of the relationship between legal systems in order to observe how similar socio-cultural, political or economical issues receive distinct or similar legal solutions within diverse societies. It thus provides us with a better understanding of how legal rules and legal institutions are established and implemented in our own legal system.
This basic course on comparative law is an introduction to the method and concept of comparative law as well as a study and a comparison of different legal traditions and legal systems with their distinctive components and internal relations (Civil Law, Common Law, Religious Law). In particular, we will examine the sources of law and the law making process (religious norms, customs, statutes, codification, constitutionalism), the legal profession (legal education, legal status, and structure) and judicial process (Courts, Judges and Juries).
Requirement: A short final paper (8-10 pages) outlining a legal issue of your choice in one or more foreign countries of your choice. 1/3 of final grade is based on participation in class discussion.
Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend in order not to be dropped.
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