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Comparative Constitutional Law

Law 342



Rigorous Writing Experience (RWE)



We will be concentrating on the countries of western Europe, especially those that have taken the lead in constitutional theory. You may want to focus on other countries later on, but in this course we are dealing with the basics, and that means western Europe. Each of you will be assigned one of the major jurisdictions: Britain, France, Germany, Italy, the EU. (I hope to allow each of you to choose your country, but some may be more popular than others and some negotiation may be necessary.) Starting from the material in the two books you will purchase for the course (my book on comparative constitutional review, and a book on the British constitution), I will ask each of you to do two or three short presentations on your jurisdiction, researching recent developments. You will also research and write a twenty to twenty-five page paper on some constitutional issue in the country you are assigned. The grade for the paper will be based upon research effectiveness and thoughtful use of the material your research produces.

The course may not be taken twice for credit; in particular, it is not open in the spring to students who have taken it in the fall.

Mandatory: None. Recommended: Comparative Law

M. Corrado, K. Crayton

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