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Fall 2013

Course Description
The objective of this seminar will be to analyze three moments in Latin America (1960s-1980s; 1980s to late 1990s; late 1990s to our days) and their relationship to law and legal institutions. The idea will be to understand the major political, social and economic topics that were debated during these periods and relate them to relevant legal discussions. At the same time, the seminar will explore continuities and discontinuities in the description of the problems faced by the hemisphere and the legal solutions provided. The underlying thread of the course will be to debate how the issue of resource and power distribution has been confronted, masked or avoided.

The questions to be discussed will be: How have political, social and economic conditions shaped law in the region? How has law shaped the terms of the political, social and economic debates? What have been the major legal theoretical influences? When have law and legal institutions been able to transform political, social and economic conditions? When has law failed to do so, and why? Which have been the privileged legal instruments at a specific moment and why? How have international institutions and historical contexts shaped law?

The context for each moment will be provided by literature and movies. Law and legal institutions will be discussed through the reading of laws and law review articles.

Short Course Attendance Policy
Due to the small number of meetings, attendance to all meetings/classes for short courses is mandatory. Students who miss more than one class session (80 minute) of a 1-credit short course are subject to administrative withdrawal and will have a W for the course on their transcripts.

Course Schedule
Offering Dates: 11-11-2013 - 11-16-2013  

Dates Day Time Room
11-11-2013 - 11-14-2013   MTWR  12:30 PM-1:50 PM A110
11-15-2013 - 11-15-2013   F  2:00 PM-5:00 PM A110
11-16-2013 - 11-16-2013   S  10:00 AM-1:00 PM A110

Course Frequency
Occasional course offering

Course Information

Credits: 1
Pass/Fail Option: Yes
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation:
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course: None
Special Attributes:
Short Course
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s):
International & Comparative Law - Specialized
Bar Subject(s): None
Concentration(s): None
Course Book(s): TBD/None      
First Class Assignment(s): TBD/None