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Gad Barzilai
POL S 367
Seattle Campus

Comparative Law and Courts

Introduction to comparative judicial politics, focusing on the relationship between law and politics in cross-national perspective, as well as on the functioning of supranational and international legal entities in the international system. May not be taken for credit if student has taken LSJ/JSIS B 366. Offered: jointly with LSJ 367.

Class description

This course deals with major issues of comparative law and politics in modernity. It will explore three dimensions. First, analysis of contemporary global trends of attempts to constitutionalize politics and politicize the constitutions. Second, it will drill into various legal cultures around the globe. Third, it will take major issues of human rights and will illuminate those crucial issues from a comparative law and politics perspective.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Much emphasize is given to class debates around contemporary issues with our theoretical and historical perspective.

Recommended preparation

Prior legal knowledge not required. Please do not be shy about giving your opinion in class. In many cases, there is no right or wrong answer, so you will never be penalized for speaking up.

Class assignments and grading

Two written class assignments and a final take-home exam. For further details you may e-mail Professor Gad Barzilai,

Grades: class participation- 15%; class assignments- 45%. Final take home exam- 40%. For further details you may e-mail Professor Gad Barzilai,

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.
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Last Update by Suman C. Chhabra
Date: 03/06/2006