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264.75 sec. 001 - Introduction to Comparative Law (Spring 2023)

Instructor: Laurent Mayali  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 1
Grading Designation: Credit Only
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


M 3:35 PM - 5:25 PM
Location: Law 244
From January 09, 2023
To March 06, 2023

Course Start: January 09, 2023
Course End: March 06, 2023
Class Number: 32479

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 9
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 26
As of: 03/31 05:03 AM

“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 read and discuss a series of short scholarly papers (1 or 2 per week) published on various legal issues in both private and public law.
Requirement: A final research paper (12 pages) or in-class presentation outlining a legal issue of your choice in one or more foreign countries of your choice.

Attendance at the first two weeks of class sessions is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present during the first two weeks of class (without prior permission of the instructor) may be dropped without notice. The instructor can continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to risk being dropped without notice.

Exam Notes: (P) Final paper  
Course Category: International and Comparative Law

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