This seminar, open to students pursuing a JD-LLM in international and comparative law, analyzes institutional design, regime complexity, and forum shopping in the international legal system. The seminar explores the theoretical, strategic, and practical issues relating to these topics. Key concepts are illustrated via a series of recent case studies in international trade, investment, human rights, criminal law, and other area of international law. Reading for the course will include both theoretical reading and materials specifically related to the four case studies presented. Readings associated with the case studies may include briefs, legal decisions, newspaper and other accounts of the situation, and possibly guest lectures.
Course grades will be based 60% on response papers (6 papers of 1500 words), and 40% on class participation, including helping to lead discussion of classes for which they write response papers.
Students interested in satisfying either the JD or JD/LLM writing requirements through this seminar may separately enroll in an Independent Study (Law 460) of 1 or 2 credits. Research papers completed through these Independent Studies will be in addition to, and not in lieu of, the required seminar response papers, and will be graded separately from the seminar work.
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