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Fall 2021

Course Description
This course will provide an introduction to the field of Comparative Law. In our increasingly inter-connected world, lawyers can easily find themselves at a busy “global village” intersection, working with clients whose problems may involve a transnational mix of laws, rules or norms. How does a lawyer trained in America decipher and manage issues that are tied in some way to other nations and legal systems in the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia or the Middle East? For most of us, the answer will not be obvious. For that reason, a lawyer in training would do well to acquire the basic lessons that an introductory Comparative Law course provides. Generally speaking, the Comparative Law field studies similarities and differences among the varied legal systems and institutions used by nations around the world. In our class, we will use the legal system of the United States, which is derived primarily from English Common Law, as our main yardstick for comparative purposes. The most commonly studied legal systems include English Common Law, European Civil Law and Socialist Law, which have spread widely and can be found in many nations. But Comparative Law also studies other kinds of systems including, among others, those associated with religions, such as Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism and Buddhism, and those associated with distinct tribes, communities and indigenous peoples in the Americas and elsewhere. The field is large, so in our limited time we will be able to study only a portion of the history and a few of the structural features of some of those systems, and the nations and groups that use them. We will ask such questions as: Through what authority are laws, rules and norms made? How are they interpreted and enforced? How and to what extent do they shape behavior? Are such concepts as Legal Pluralism and Normative Pluralism useful in an age of globalization?

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
08-23-2021 - 12-01-2021   R  5:30 PM-7:10 PM DL

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered once every academic year

Course Information

Credits: 3
Pass/Fail Option: No
Method of Evaluation: Class participation and a final examination.
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Special Attributes: None
Course Delivery:
Online (synchronous and asynchronous)
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s):
International & Comparative Law - Basic
Bar Subject(s): None
Concentration(s): None
Course Book(s):
Textbook Required:
Additional Materials:
Course materials will be provided.  
First Class Assignment(s):
  • Assignment: Welcome! For our first class, please read the attached PDF concerning the Sudan Baggaran Case (1958) attached.

    The instructor will distribute PDFs for all required readings (at no charge) and supplementary materials. He will also use Power Point presentations about the Comparative Law systems and topics we will cover.

    Sudan Baggaran Case (1958).pdf



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