The Comparative Constitutional Law Seminar/Course will explore the manner in which significant problems of constitutionalism -- for example, issues such as freedom of speech, freedom of religion, abortion, equality, and capital punishment -- have been approached in various European constitutional systems -- particularly those of France, Germany, and the European Court of Human Rights. For purposes of comparison, attention will also be paid to certain constitutional systems outside of Europe, particularly those of India and South Africa. The offering will also examine issues relating to constitutional guarantees of social welfare -- a type of provision that does not exist in the Constitution of the United States but is prominent in constitutional thought in countries such as Germany, South Africa, and India. To some extent, materials from a number of other constitutional systems may also be included. All materials will be in English.
This offering may be taken as a 3-credit seminar (to be completed by submission of a seminar paper) or as a 2-credit course (to be completed by taking an examination), according to the choice of the student. Students who take the offering as a 3-credit seminar may submit their seminar papers in satisfaction of the Law School’s advanced writing certification requirement. First-year students may take the offering as a 2-credit course only.
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