Law reform the creation of new public policy--can take place in many ways. Although we often think of reform as the work of the government (that is, the Executive, the legislature, or the judiciary) much law reform is done by independent agencies expressly dedicated to that task. A comparative study of those agencies can help us to understand not only the process of legal reform, but also the institutional and governmental constraints that can affect both process and outcome.
Students in this course will make such a comparative study. The course will focus on the work of law reform agencies located in the British Commonwealth, although some attention will also be paid to law reform in this country. It will provide students with a background in law reform in foreign countries so that the students may make those comparisons themselves. They will learn about policy-making at all levels of government and with a strong international perspective. Thus, the course should be of particular value to students interested in comparative and international law; those looking for a career in public policy law; and those concerned with globalization issues generally.
Grades will be based on class participation, and evaluation of the final paper and paper presentation. The course is open to students of all classes. Priority will be given to first year students. Students who have completed the course are eligible to participate in the Law Reform Commission Externship Program, and are also eligible to apply for the David S. Brown International Fellows Program. Readings will consist of articles, on-line material, and book excerpts. Course materials will be placed on Blackboard. Guest speakers may be invited to speak to the class.
With instructor approval, students who participate in the summer David S. Brown Fellowship Program may receive credit for a paper based upon their summer work by registering in the following fall semester for Independent Written Work.
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Spring, 2014 (Day).