Comparative Constitutional Law

Law 342



Rigorous Writing Experience (RWE)



Imagine for a moment that all the rules and doctrines that you learned in American Constitutional Law were applied in an emerging democracy. At least a few difficult structural questions should immediately come to mind. For instance, does it make sense to transplant all of the constitutional rights that exist in America to this emerging country? Should the judges who interpret what any given right means apply a specific method of interpretation? Should the constitutional holdings of courts in other nations with similar rights have any influence? Do the emerging nation's special social and political circumstances leading to the drafting of the constitution make a difference? This seminar explores such questions by examining the system of constitutional law from a comparative perspective by examining the experiences of two emergent "states" - The Republic of South Africa and the European Union.

First Amendment, Federal Courts and/or Civil Rights are helpful but not necessary.

Mandatory: Constitutional Law

K. Crayton, H. Lau

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