International Law and Development

Law 457



Rigorous Writing Experience (RWE)



This course will critically examine the so-called Law and Development Movement.

Since the end of the colonial era, Western countries and international nongovernmental organizations (e.g., the World Bank) have dispatched teams of lawyers across the developing world to guide poor nations through the process of modernizing and, in effect, westernizing their laws and legal systems. The legal experts and their sponsors have been driven by the assumption that the transplantation of Western law to those poor countries would help them to become stable and prosperous. Often, those experts have been left scratching their heads at the failure of the legal reforms.

The course will assess international law and development from an interdisciplinary perspective, drawing on legal texts such as state constitutions and statutes, and upon readings in History, Anthropology, Economics, and Political Science.


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