Catalogue 2019 - 2020

LAW 627 Comparative Constitutional Law



Course Description

This course explores topics arising in the comparative study of constitutional systems and law, including those of Canada, Germany, India, South Africa and Great Britain. The course will first address structural issues, including comparative approaches to the separation of powers, judicial review and federalism. The remainder of the course will address comparative approaches to individual rights, including reproductive rights, freedom of expression and the rights of minorities. Throughout, we will consider how comparative constitutional study can offer insights into our own system, and the legitimacy of U.S. lawmakers or judges relying upon or referring to foreign constitutional law. Students will be evaluated on written thought responses to the reading assignments, a presentation and a short research paper. Limited to 20 students.