The course aims to provide an understanding of comparative law as a method and as a body of knowledge.
In the first part of the course you will learn how to compare legal institutions through a theoretical inquiry in traditional, as well as innovative, comparative law methods and how to apply these methods to some of the most controversial topics in the current legal debate.
The second part will focus on the classic divide between common law and civil law, in particular in American and European legal traditions. It will also address the new understanding of the world law map.
In the third part of the course we will turn our attention to globalization, an area where comparative law is essential in the understanding of many contemporary relevant phenomena.
The course will offer case studies on different topics in order to test ability in comparing legal institutions and in using comparative law arguments in cross-border contexts.
Does this course satisfy the writing requirement? No
Does this course satisfy the skills requirement? No
Is this course open to LL.M. students? Yes
Do the credits of this course count toward the specialized program credits that students need for the International Law & Justice LL.M. Program? Yes