Shangjun Tan
National University of Singapore

"CTLS is a fantastic opportunity for building friendships and networks across cultural, linguistic, and transnational boundaries. Whilst other exchange programs usually involve students immersing themselves in a foreign university, CTLS is unique in that it brings together students and professors from over 20 schools on five continents. CTLS is a synergistic combination of legal perspectives from many brilliant minds. We could very well be contemporaries in a particular field of law in the near future, and building bonds of friendship now makes the prospect of future collaboration or interaction even more interesting."

Required Courses - Fall 2008/sring 2009

Global Practice Exercise

Carrie Menkel-Meadow and Faculty

Each semester will begin with an intensive, multi-day exercise in transnational and/or comparative law. The exercise will provide an opportunity for the diverse students and faculty at CTLS to work together on a common legal problem. All faculty and students will participate in the exercise. The objectives are to give students and faculty a quick start working together on a real legal practice problem, which will highlight the importance and challenges of communicating across transnational legal and cultural boundaries; draw CTLS participants into active roles in their own learning and academic exchange; and introduce students to the process of tackling real-world legal problems that transcend national boundaries, learning both transnational variations in substantive law and legal processes.

1 Credit, required.

Transnational Law Colloquium

Coordinated by David Cole and Nina Pillard, Georgetown Law

This colloquium will meet weekly for presentations by leading academics and practitioners on topics of current international, transnational or comparative law interest. Each meeting will involve the presentation of a paper, brief comments, and a discussion with the author/presenter among all participants. Attendees will be the Center's students, faculty and invited guests. Students, who will be divided up and each assigned to attend a sub-set of the colloquia, will write short responses to the papers in advance of the meeting.

1 Credit, required.

Core Course: Transnational Legal Theory

Arnulf Becker Lorca, King's College London (Fall 2008 only)
Alon Harel, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Spring 2009 only)

The objective of this required core course is to introduce students to leading theories of international, transnational, and comparative law from a variety of theoretical traditions. The core course is designed to provide students coming from a wide variety of backgrounds with a common set of intellectual frameworks and concepts to address the topics they will be studying in the Center's program.  We will explore issues such as natural law and positivism, the nature of sovereignty, sources of law, the legitimacy of international law, pluralism, law and multiculturalism.  The expectation is that exposure of all students within the program to these ideas will facilitate exchange during the semester, and will prime students to understand and use these theories in the other substantive areas that they study.

3 Credits, required.


Center for Transnational Legal Studies
37-39 High Holborn
London WC1V 6AA, United Kingdom