International and Comparative Law JD Specialization

K. Crenshaw C. Harris

This is a survey course intended to review both the causal and remedial relationship of law to racial discrimination. The material will provide a brief review of the historic development of race as a...

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E. Zolt

This class explores current important issues related to taxation in a global economy. The goal is to provide an understanding of these issues, their relationship to the US and some non-US tax...

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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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D. Carbado L. Gómez C. Harris

Throughout American history, race has profoundly affected the lives of individuals, the growth of social institutions, the substance of culture, and the workings of our political economy. Not...

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C. Goldberg A. Riley

This course provides an overview of federal Indian law through a study of cases and historical and contemporary materials. It covers the basic conflicts among sovereign governments which dominate...

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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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R. Steinberg

In 2019-20, given recent developments, we will begin by analyzing some aspects of public international economic law, which are suggestive of changes in law governing international business...

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R. Steinberg

This course examines the most important legal frameworks governing international trade relations between states. Focusing on the law of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the North American Free...

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K. Abou El Fadl E. Achiume A. Bâli K. Mackintosh

Many of the most significant and troubling trends in international law and international relations today center on fundamental questions of human rights. The rise of international human rights...

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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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C. Spillenger

This course deals with legal conflicts arising in multistate transactions, both within the federal system and in the international sphere. The emphasis will be on choice of law, but recognition of...

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A. Romero J. Samuels A. Susman

This course explores the rapidly-evolving ways in which the law constructs, regulates, and concerns sexuality. The course is largely an advanced constitutional law course (equal protection and...

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I. Eagly H. Motomura

The course focuses on the answers to four principal questions: who is a citizen of the United States?; who else can come to this country as an immigrant or a visitor?; when and why can non-citizens...

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H. Motomura

This course examines the rights (and responsibilities) of non-citizens. Put differently, this course analyzes when and how questions of membership in U.S. society are complicated by immigration and...

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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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N. Abrams

This course addresses the legal aspects of the U.S. government's efforts to prevent terrorism and investigate and prosecute terrorists. It examines the crimes and special approaches (including...

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F. Olsen

As dissent becomes criminalized and activity that has previously been considered legitimate dissent can land one in jail, the distinction between exercising freedom of speech and engaging in civil...

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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. Dolovich

Courses in criminal law tend to focus on the “front end” of the criminal justice process: investigation, prosecution, and verdict. But for those offenders sentenced to prison, the trial process is...

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This course, which is open to students who are currently enrolled in Immigration Law or who have taken Immigration Law (or a comparable course) in a prior semester, is focused on providing a more...

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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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E. Parson

This course examines how society manages-–or fails to manage-–environmental issues that fall beyond the authority or capability of one national government. Class sessions will be divided roughly...

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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

The course will provide an overview of the broad range of legal issues related to the growing international and domestic problem of human trafficking. Conservative estimates are that around a...

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R. Dicker

The course will provide students, from the perspective of one who has been deeply involved in the legal developments under study, a unique view of key aspects of the evolving law and practice of...

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This course considers whether and to what extent international human rights law applies to the actions of states outside their sovereign territories. And what it requires of states insofar as it does...

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A. Wang

Forty years ago, China was one of the most isolated countries in the world. Today, it is a major player in international affairs, the leading exporter in a globalized trade regime, and an...

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K. Stone

Requirements: four brief response papers and one research paper This seminar will will look at the changing nature of the employment relationship and its implications for labor and employment...

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R. Tsosie

This seminar explores the legal, moral, and political dimensions of climate change policy in relation to Indigenous peoples. Within the United States, federally-recognized Indian tribes are...

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N. Netanel D. Nimmer

Social media both underwrite a golden age of free speech and threaten to undermine democracy. Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, and other social media bring unprecedented opportunities for...

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C. Goldberg

Students in this seminar will study the past and present legal systems of Native American tribal nations. There will be detailed examination of several different tribal systems, such as Navajo,...

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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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L. Stemple

Sexual politics cut across issues in human rights, encompassing debates about gender equality, cultural relativism, sexual orientation, human trafficking, and HIV/AIDS. This seminar explores the role...

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W. Boyd A. Carlson

The course will enroll up to 24 students, from law and other graduate programs, who will each week read the work of a scholar who will present a paper on the topic of either climate change and/or...

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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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D. Carbado K. Crenshaw L. Gómez

Students will participate along with faculty in the law school's weekly Critical Race Studies Workshop. Every week we will discuss a work-in-progress. These works will be presented scholars across...

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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. Decker

This comparative course focuses on the global legal environment in which national security and counterterrorism efforts function today. The course focuses on a comparative analysis of the different...

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This seminar provides an overview of some of the core ethical concerns in today’s global politics, centering on the question of what demands justice imposes on agents and institutions acting in a...

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S. Patel J. Schwartz

The Civil Rights and Police Accountability Clinic pursues police reform through civil litigation. In the seminar, students will develop litigation skills including complaint drafting, litigation...

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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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The Asylum Clinic is a joint venture between the law school and Public Counsel’s Immigrants’ Rights Project. Students will spend approximately four hours each week in the classroom and an additional...

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J. Berra H. Motomura

The Immigrants’ Rights Policy Clinic addresses broad-based, systemic issues of immigrants’ rights in a practical setting, with the emphasis on state and local engagement with immigration law and...

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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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S. Ashar N. Rabin

This live-client clinic serves immigrant families on the site of the Robert F. Kennedy campus of six K-12 public schools located in Koreatown. The location of this clinic will give students a unique...

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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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F. Bartels K. Mackintosh

In this course, students will apply design thinking, systems thinking and network building techniques to generate innovative solutions to a Human Rights Challenge. Working in interdisciplinary teams,...

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This course examines the development of racial laws during WWII in France, Germany, and the British Channel Islands. We will use original documents and actual statutes and cases to understand how...

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J. Weiler

In this course students will analyze eight different Human Rights Cases from a variety of jurisdictions: The European Court of Human Rights, The European Court of Justice, the InterAmerican Court of...

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