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262.5 sec. 001 - Comparative Constitutional Law (Spring 2021)

Instructor: Roy Peled  
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Units: 2
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: Remote Instruction


Th 10:00 AM - 11:50 AM
Location: Internet/Online
From January 21, 2021
To April 30, 2021

Course Start: January 21, 2021
Course End: April 30, 2021
Class Number: 32146

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 8
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 12
As of: 05/08 05:45 AM

How are fundamental rights -- freedom of speech and religion, equality, property, privacy, voting, due process --defined and protected in other constitutional democracies? How is judicial independence maintained? How are questions of standing, justiciability and remedies handled? And most importantly: what lessons can we learn from the constitutional experience of other jurisdictions? These questions will be at the heart of our foray into the comparative constitutional realm. Obviously, we will also be mindful of emergency powers and their impact.

Students will be offered the opportunity to examine and critically evaluate key features of constitutional jurisprudence in selected jurisdictions. Attention will be paid to methodology -- how do we compare? -- as well as to possible justifications (and limits) of the comparative enterprise. The course will then focus on the practical insights that can be drawn from the different separation-of-powers and rights-protection schemes modern democracies adopt. Obviously, we will also be mindful of emergency powers and their impact on rights and separation of powers with an eye to the relationship between constitutional law, markets, technology and politics. Students interested in public law adjudication, globalization and transnational regulation will therefore find the exercise useful.

Students are advised that while taking a prior course in constitutional law is not a prerequisite, it is recommended that students who have not studied the basic course in Constitutional Law, or have no experience with constitutional issues in the US or abroad, enroll in Constitutional Law concurrently.

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: International and Comparative Law
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Public Law and Policy

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  • Comparative Constitutionalism
    Edition: 3rd 2016
    Publisher: West Academic
    ISBN: 9780314290687
    e-Book Available: Yes
    e-Book procurement note:
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $228.00
    Price Source: user provided

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