Curriculum Guide · Courses
Comparative Law: Legal Systems in Transition
Professors Townley and Visek
J.D. Course 155 (cross-listed) | 2 credit hours
This course surveys the major legal traditions in the world today and important legal transitions that are taking place within them. The course initially provides an overview of the civil law and common law traditions with the focus regarding the latter being on England. Thereafter, the course reviews other legal traditions, e.g., the Islamic and socialist legal traditions. Throughout the course, consideration is given to how certain States have attempted to re-establish their legal systems and/or develop new systems in response to periods of major upheaval (e.g., Rwanda, Lebanon, Bosnia, and Iraq) and to whether there is convergence toward the creation of a unified legal system.
Students may not receive credit for both this course and Comparative Law offered as a first-year elective or as an upperclass course.
Students MAY take this course and Comparative Law: Focus on EU and US.