Courses


Comparative Law (Prof. Lee)

The course provides an introduction to the Civil Law tradition, the major alternative to the Common Law. We will draw many of our examples from three legal systems widely considered to be seminal models of within that tradition, those of France, Germany, and China.  The comparative method as it is applied to legal problems will serve as a rubric for analyzing these legal systems.  Through readings and class discussions, students will learn how to classify and compare Civil Law legal systems to Common Law legal systems, and to classify and compare legal systems within the Civil Law tradition.  We will pay attention to both the utility and the limitations of such classifications and comparisons.  The course focuses upon sources of law, the court system, civil procedure, the legal profession, and dispute resolution and is particularly useful for those who plan to practice law with an European, or international client base. 

Notes: Will use own course materials, take-home exam due last day of exam period.

English Legal History (Mr. Hackney)
The institutional framework of the Common Law and how that framework influenced the structure of the substantive law. Discusses the initial courts; the emergence of the dominant ‘common law’ courts, King's Bench and Common Pleas, and the competing Equity jurisdiction; the writ system and development of the pleading forms and the methods of proof used in trials. Considers tenures, the principal Real Actions for the recovery of land at Common Law and selected writs.

European Union Law (Dr. Fisher)
This course is an introduction to EU law that looks at some of the key legal features of this unique legal system. Topics covered include EU institutional arrangements, direct effect, preliminary references, supremacy, the role of the European Court of Justice, the emerging debates over constitutionalism in the EU, and free movement of goods.

Public International Law (Prof. Tesón)

An introduction to a wide range of legal and policy issues centered around the relationships among nations and the role of law in world order.  Problems studied include the nature and sources of international law, the existence and activities of states, the status of individuals and associations within the international legal system, and issues of war, development and environmental protection.

Notes: Will use own course materials, in-class exam.