International & Comparative Law - International, Comparative, and Foreign Law

International, Comparative, and Foreign Law studies include consideration of the ways in which international law and practice affects the governance and legal system of individual countries. In addition understanding of the ways in which the individual legal systems of other countries, particularly those with materially different legal cultures, enhances appreciation of the how U.S. law operates. Students interested in this field should also select course and seminar offerings that explore the role of law and legal mechanisms in seeking to advance development objectives in less industrialized countries and that provide an opportunity to use the methodology of comparative law while focusing upon the laws of a particular country or region.

K. Eichensehr

This course examines legal and policy challenges stemming from rapidly evolving cybersecurity threats. Cyber insecurities affect many types of actors—for example, individuals who suffer...

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J. Michaels

This course is an introductory examination of U.S. national security law. We will study questions relating to the exercise of military force, the conduct of intelligence operations, and the...

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K. Abou El Fadl A. Bâli K. Raustiala

This course will introduce students to the basic concepts and problems of public international law and the international legal system. The course will deal with a broad range of topics including the...

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S. Gardbaum G. Scoffoni

This course will focus on the comparative study of constitutional law in both older and newer democracies around the world. It will begin with discussion of the contemporary issue of "democratic...

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S. Gardbaum G. Scoffoni

This introduction to comparative law course focuses primarily, although not exclusively, on studying two legal traditions, (1) the "civil law" tradition that originated in continental Europe but...

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M. Langer

In this course, we will study topics such as international and transnational crimes (such as crimes against humanity, genocide, war crimes, corruption, narcotics and money laundering, and torture);...

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A. Riley

This course studies the emergence of “art” and “cultural property” law as a field of legal inquiry and practice. Broadly defined, the field encompasses the body of law applied to fine art and...

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N. Netanel

With a growing global market, the spread of the Internet, and continuing disparity between developed and developing countries, intellectual property assumes a major role in cross-border litigation,...

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K. Abou El Fadl E. Dorff

This course introduces students to Jewish law, beginning with biblical law and continuing through its rabbinic interpretation and expansion over 2500 years to our own day. This legal system is based...

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K. Abou El Fadl

This course introduces students to the field of Islamic law. It is designed to give students a firm grounding in the principles, concepts and terminology of Islamic law. Islamic law is one of the...

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S. Gardbaum G. Scoffoni

The European Union is an economic and political union of 28 member states and nearly 500 million citizens, and forms the world’s largest trading bloc. It also represents the fastest and most...

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K. Abou El Fadl

This course will introduce students to international refugee law and U.S. asylum law. Some background in immigration law would be helpful, but it is not necessary. Students without any background in...

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S. Bank

This course will examine sports law in an international and comparative context. We will study the ways in which public, quasi-public, and private regulation have interacted, often ineffectively and...

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K. Cannon

This course uses the cannabis legalization movement as a lens through which to examine the complex and evolving relationship between the government of the United States and its various states, to...

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A. Wang

In coming decades, nearly all of the growth in global pollution emissions is expected to come from developing countries. For example, more than 90 percent of carbon dioxide emissions between 2012...

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G. Scoffoni

This course will analyze the major challenges of Constitutionalism and the Rule of Law at a global level. The contribution of constitutions, constitutional litigation and constitutional rights to the...

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The purpose of the course is to give students an introduction to the field of the international Law of the Sea. The course focuses on the contemporary legal regime governing maritime relations,...

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K. Abou El Fadl

This seminar introduces students to the field of Islamic law. It is designed to give students a firm grounding in the principles, concepts and terminology of Islamic law. Islamic law is one of the...

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K. Abou El Fadl

What is a political crime? Is there a meaningful distinction between a political as opposed to a non-political or common crime? And what is the relationship of political crimes to terrorism? This...

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A. Bâli J. Peake

The subset of international law relating to the conduct of war – known as international humanitarian law (IHL) or the law of armed conflict – plays a prominent role in contemporary debates about law...

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K. Eichensehr

This course examines the law governing the conduct of U.S. foreign relations. The Constitution sets out the basic framework for foreign relations law, but it leaves much unsaid and at least as much...

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M. Langer

This course provides an overview of comparative criminal procedure. Its goal is not only to study how other legal systems regulate the criminal process, but also to enable a deeper understanding of...

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K. Raustiala R. Steinberg

This course is intended for those interested in sophisticated international legal argumentation or those interested in scholarly debates over international law. The seminar will explore competing...

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A. Wang

Over the last 35 years, China has embarked on an unprecedented effort to build a legal system and a cadre of lawyers, judges, and law professors essentially from scratch. The progress of that effort...

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A. Riley

This course examines issues legal issues integral to governance that Native American nations face in the 21st century, including those that impact and shape: political sovereignty, economic...

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R. Steinberg

This seminar briefly introduces students to international criminal law, then focuses on contemporary issues facing the International Criminal Court (ICC). At each weekly class meeting, we will...

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L. LoPucki

In an increasingly globalized world, corporate law is becoming international. Companies operate across borders, and lawyers are expected to understand foreign systems. This seminar provides both an...

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S. Falsafi

In the United States and abroad, policy makers and educators are increasingly driven by the idea that high school graduates must emerge ready to conquer college and the rapidly changing...

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E. Achiume J. Berra

The International Human Rights Clinic (IHRC) requires students to navigate international human rights legal theory and practice in the service of real clients and partners. It has two components:...

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C. Goldberg L. van Schilfgaarde

Students in this clinic provide legal assistance to Native nations. Clinic projects emphasize skills of drafting legislation, legal memoranda and other documents, along with cross-cultural...

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J. Dasteel

International commercial arbitration is the single most important means to resolve cross-border commercial disputes in international commerce. In this course, students learn the advocacy skills and...

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J. Berra

The Human Rights in Action Clinic (HRAC) provides students with a critical understanding of human rights as a dynamic and contested field of law and social action. The HRAC has both a local and...

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J. Berra

The Promise Institute for Human Rights is offering for the 2019 J-Term the International Human Rights Field Experience. The International Human Rights Field Experience offers students a unique...

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P. Reich

This course will introduce students to the study and practice of law in the U.S.-Mexico border region across a variety of topics. As the border has generated a wide array of controversies, the...

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As the law consists of, in, and through language, and is its practice executed through language, it seems appropriate to take an initial look at some of the many ways this linguistic “materiality” of...

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