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223.41 sec. 001 - Democracy and the Court(s) (Fall 2019)

Instructor: Jonathan Gould  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 2


    Th 3:35 PM - 5:25 PM
    Location: Law 107
    From August 22, 2019
    To November 22, 2019

Course Start: August 22, 2019
Course End: November 22, 2019
Class Number: 33512

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 8
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 18
As of: 04/07 11:14 PM

This course will examine the role of courts in a democracy. We will consider questions such as: What can justify unelected courts striking down statutes passed by democratic legislatures? In what ways are courts political actors? How do and should courts drive policy change? Check executive power? Readings will include legal sources and scholarship from political theory, political science, and history. We will focus mainly on the United States, but in several instances we will consider the experiences of other democracies as well.

Instructor Biography: Jonathan Gould is an Assistant Professor at Berkeley Law. He received his JD from Harvard Law School, where he served as President of the Harvard Law Review, and he is completing his PhD in Harvard's Department of Government. He has worked as a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals, at the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division, and at the Public Citizen Litigation Group. His scholarship focuses on democratic governance and legislation. Beginning this spring, he'll be teaching Legislation at Berkeley Law.

Requirements Satisfaction:

This is an Option 1 class; two Option 1 classes fulfill the J.D. writing requirement.

Exam Notes: (P) Final paper  
Course Category: Public Law and Policy
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Legal Theory and History

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