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Susan H. Whiting
LSJ 490
Seattle Campus

Special Topics in Comparative Legal Institutions

Focused, comparative examination of legal institutions.

Class description

Description. Is the rule of law necessary for capitalist economic development? What's the role of law in transitions from authoritarian government? This course examines the role of law and courts in economic and political change in developing world. Topics include economic development, property rights, dispute resolution, democratization, and human rights. The course will also address the ways in which various legal traditions and institutions affect outcomes in each of these issue areas. The empirical materials will focus mainly on East Asia with some comparisons to Russia, Eastern Europe, Africa, and Southeast Asia.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Readings Peerenboom, China's Long March Toward the Rule of Law (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2002) Jarasuriya, ed., Law, Capitalism, and Power in Asia (London: Routledge, 1999) Murrell, ed., Assessing the Value of Law in Transition Economies (Ann Arbor: Univ of Michigan Press, 2001). as well as a reader containing additional articles.

Class assignments and grading

Gradings Three Short Papers 60 % Participation 20 % Final Exam or Optional Paper 20 % Totals. 100 %


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Additional Information
Last Update by Suman C. Chhabra
Date: 11/13/2002