Course Information

Course Number




Legal Frameworks: Ghana

A new seminar that will focus on comparative legal and cultural issues relating to free speech and the media in a developing democracy, and include spring-break field study in Ghana.

Developed by Professor Joseph Blocher, enrollment in the seminar, titled "Democratic Development and the Public Sphere: Freedom of Speech and Press in Ghana," will be capped at 12 students. Weekly class sessions will engage students in discussion of relevant readings including a mix of primary sources, historical and cultural materials, and scholarly commentary. The intensive fact-finding trip to Ghana will allow students to assess the legal and cultural issues in context; meet with stakeholders such as government officials, print,broadcast, and online journalists; lawyers and judges; NGOs; and tribal leaders. Following their return, students will work collaboratively on written educational, advocacy, or strategic planning materials that could be used by Ghanaian partners and stakeholders in their work.

Please note that course organization and content may vary substantially from semester to semester and descriptions are not necessarily professor specific. Please contact the instructor directly if you have particular course-related questions.


Joseph Blocher
Legal Frameworks: Ghana 682.01
Spring 2013
Sakai Site

Kathryn Webb Bradley
The seminar will be co-taught by Professor Esther Acolatse of Duke Divinity School, a Ghanaian native.
Legal Frameworks: Ghana 682.01
Spring 2012
E-mail ListBlackboard Site
The spring break trip will be subsidized by Duke’s Center for International and Comparative Law, but each student will be expected to contribute $750 towards the cost of the trip absent a showing of financial hardship. There is an application process for admission into the seminar. All 2Ls and 3Ls in the JD and JD-LLM programs are eligible to apply. Application packets containing a more detailed description of the seminar and spring break trip, as well as requisite forms, are available from Professor Bradley at or her assistant Sharon Sebolt at To apply, submit the following to Ms. Sebolt by 5 p.m. on Monday, October 31: (a) your CV, (b) your transcript, (c) a one-page statement of interest, (d) the names of one or more faculty references, and (e) a completed “Checklist and Affirmation” sheet (included in the application packet). Students must have taken previously or be taking in Spring 2012 Family Law, course number 250. In addition, while not required, some prior or current study or background relating to international law or comparative law is highly recommended. Students selected for the seminar will be required to complete a Participation Agreement, which includes a waiver of liability.