Section Description Provided by Instructor
This course compares issues of constitutional structure, judicial review, separation of powers, federalism, interpretive method, and (especially) regimes of rights adjudication across different constitutional systems. The United States, Canada, Germany, India, South Africa, and Australia will be recurrent but non-exclusive models. We will consider how jurists across diverse systems have approached similar problems, with special attention given to the law of anti-discrimination (including issues of sexual privacy and reproductive freedom), freedom of expression, national security, and recognition and adjudication of social and economic rights. We will also critically consider the enterprise of comparative constitutional law as a juridical resource and as a field of academic study. Regular engagement is expected of all students, to be facilitated by short weekly response papers on the assigned readings. Class participation (including response papers) will constitute 50% of student grades; the remaining 50% will be a take-home exam.
TR 9:10 –10:30 a.m.
Method of Evaluation
Paper and Exam
J.D. Writing Credit
Constitutional Law (of any system)