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Gad Barzilai
SIS 366
Seattle Campus

Comparative Law, Societies, and Courts: Global and Local Perspectives

Explores global issues of comparative law, societies, politics, and courts. Uses criteria, methodologies, and theories to compare legal settings internationally. Covers: what is ' comparative law' ; ' families' of law; history of comparative law; models of judicial review; legal cultures; and models of regulation. Can not be taken for credit if student has already taken LSJ/POL S 367. Offered: jointly with LSJ 366.

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This course covers fascinating and controversial global issues relating to comparative law and courts. It provides the necessary conceptual criteria, methodologies and theories according to which you may compare between various political legal settings around the world. In this context, the course covers issues at the domestic/national level, international level, and transnational level. Among other topics, it includes chapters on what is ‘comparative law’; what do we compare, how and why? families of law and political regimes; theories of law and politics; courts, models of judicial review and litigation at domestic, international, and transnational levels; comparative issues of law and sociopolitical change; human rights; human rights and national security.

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Last Update by M Jane Meyerding
Date: 01/26/2011