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Summer 2014 Courses

Course selection is determined on a first-come, first-served basis with an enrollment cap of 30 students per class. While every effort will be made to enroll students in their first choice, classes fill up early, so students with a strong preference should apply as soon as possible. Students may enroll in one of the following three-credit courses on offer for Summer 2014:

Comparative Constitutional Law and Rights (Bonilla & Landau)

This course brings a comparative approach to questions at the core of constitutional decision-making.  Topics include separation of powers, judicial review, the distinction between legislative and executive authority, federalism, protections of civil liberties, as well as the positive or protective duties of the state. Students will reflect on comparisons between constitutional law in the United States and countries in Latin America and elsewhere. This interactive approach will provide a laboratory for understanding how comparative constitutional study can offer insights into the systems with which students are already familiar. Students will also gain an appreciation for those aspects of the U.S. constitutional system that have been considered for adoption by emerging constitutional nations. Finally, students will reflect on the legitimacy of U.S. lawmakers or judges referencing foreign constitutional law in the creation of U.S. law and decision-making. 

International and Comparative Civil Rights (Hernandez)

This course examines the global struggle for legal equality and, in particular, the comparative perspective between north and south America.  Course readings will survey the statutory and constitutional equality rights across the region, in addition to the international human rights system for addressing inequality.  Students will analyze how discrimination is defined and remedied in various contexts.  Course readings will be interdisciplinary to provide a deeper assessment of the issues at stake and the ways in which legal structures may and may not effectively pursue equality.  Thus, in addition to reading statutes, constitutions, and court opinions, course materials will also include selections from the social psychology literature on implicit bias; sociological research on the role of census demographic data; political science research on social movements; and ethnographic studies on community struggles for visibility and social inclusion.

International Environmental Law (Galizzi)

This course offers an examination of the structure and key concepts of international environmental law. The course will begin with an overview of the key international legal principles and rules dealing with the protection of the environment. Students will examine the historical evolution of international environmental law and the role that international institutions play. After the initial introductory lectures, students will study selected treaty regimes to provide specific examples of international environmental regulation. In particular, the course will cover some of the most topical global environmental problems, such as the depletion of the ozone layer, the conservation of biological diversity and the international response to climate change. Finally, the course will examine the crucial cross-cutting issues of access to information, trade, and enforcement.